What does love look like?
This Sunday we will hear about the poor widow in Mark’s Gospel (12.38-44) who gave two small coins into the treasury. Our Lord tells us that she gave more than those who were rich!
It is easy for us to judge people’s generosity by the quantity they can give in the Sunday Collection or in Stewardship, but I beg to think differently. We may not be aware of people’s circumstances and financial difficulties, but what we are very aware of is their capacity to be in relationship. Many times, people may not be able to give what is produced in their pockets, but they can give abundantly from their heart …. and God has the capacity to see what is in our hearts. They can be in relationship with others that bring others to a deeper understanding of their relationship to God. Ultimately, as we will hear in the Second Reading at Sunday Mass (Hebrews 9.24-28) Christ is the one who images ultimate generosity, by laying down his life in order to raise it up and in order to prepare a place for us…. God’s capabaility to freely be in covenanty relationship with us! This ultimately leads to our participation at the Sunday Eucharist, so don’t forget to gather at that place where the Word is proclaimed, bread is broken, and wine is poured.
In this month of remembering our departed loved ones, I also remember and celebrate those who are still in my life who model generosity, relationship, and who seriously help me grow in my relationship with almighty God. I know God places them in my life to remind me that I am very human and very capable of being loved and loving. Happy Birthday to a series of family, friends, and brothers in our Lord.
We are all bound in Christ and as the Vicar of Christ would say, “Through Baptism each child is inserted into a gathering of friends who never abandon him in life or in death … This group of friends, this family of God, into which the child is now admitted, will always accompany him, even on days of suffering and in life’s dark nights; it will give him consolation, comfort, and light” (Pope Benedict XVI, Janaury 8, 2006). This is very true for me who are bound to people such as these, these who are the face of Love: