I was thinking about giving. Remember when Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive and asked Him if he had to forgive 7 times? Jesus said no, 70 times 7. Obviously He didn’t mean only 490 times and then stop forgiving. He, of course, was trying to indicate to Peter (and to us) that we must keep forgiving. Just because. Even if it is difficult.
So, too, I am called to keep giving. Does that mean I must give all my money away (not that there is much in the coffer to begin with)? I don’t think so. I think I am called to always have a giving spirit. There is always something more that I can give. I must recognize the opportunities TO give. I am not only talking about someone on the street asking for money. I am talking about opportunities to give of myself, my heart, my time, my talent, my wisdom, my ear, and if possible in these difficult economic times, money ad things, too. There are countless times throughout my day that may indicate there is something i can do. It is easy to just be in my pattern of going through the duties and demands of my regular day. But I must have that “Spidey-Sense” as they say in the Spiderman movies….to try to be aware of what I can give, to whom I can give, when i can give, and how I can give.
St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote “O my God! Teach me to be generous; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to seek for any reward save that of doing your blessed will”.
To give and be mindful of what he wrote will help us to live a loving life.