Thursday, July 7, 2011

free gifts

Today's Gospel

Today we hear Jesus tell his disciples: 'You received without payment; give without payment.' Taken literally, he is talking about the good news he has come to preach. But it is something that we could apply to all areas of life. All the gifts we have, whether personal talents or the bounty of the world around us, are things we received without payment. We do not make the sun shine or the rain fall so that the crops will grow and we will have food to eat. If we are smarter or stronger or more determined than those around us and thereby have a life of greater material comfort than those around us, we did not create those innate abilities within us. These were free gifts to us ... and must be freely shared with all.

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