A Generous Heart
Saturday, 04 August 2018
Last Sunday, an usher came to me with a page from a Winnie the Pooh coloring book and handed it to me. Seeing the puzzled look on my face, he began to tell me a story from the previous mass. After the collection was taken up and the gifts already brought forward to the altar, a man brought his sobbing daughter to the back of the church to give something to the usher. She handed him a picture of Tigger that she had colored and wanted to put in the collection basket, but she couldn’t get it out in time to put it in and missed her chance. But, she still wanted to give it away in the collection.
What a beautiful story of generous heart! She had worked at something and wanted to give this work of her hands away to Almighty God and she was distraught when she missed the opportunity to place it in the basket. This young girl is an example for us. We all have many gifts and talents and we receive much for the work of our hands. I should have a heart like hers which wants to give back to God. This picture will be in my office to remind me to give back to God everything I have and I am, my time, my talent, and my treasure. May God pour out his abundant blessings upon that young girl!
Our Lord Jesus has done the same thing and given us his very self as food to nourish us in our spiritual lives and to be with us in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. At Holy Communion we receive him as the True Bread from Heaven, the Bread of Angels (Panis Angelicus). This is the Bread that gives life to the world. With trembling hands and contrite spirits, we should approach this Sacrament of His Body and Blood.
From the Generous Heart of Almighty God, He has given us His Son. He has given us this Most Precious Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus as food and nourishment for our spiritual lives to sanctify us, to make us holy as He is Holy.
As we reflect on a generous heart that gives us the work of her hands and upon the heart of Almighty God who gives us the Bread from Heaven, are we giving of the work of our hands, are we giving of our very selves, are we living with a Generous Heart?
Blessings to all who are going back to school this week. May the Lord bless all the students, faculty, and staff as they begin the school year!
Fr. Daniel F. Firmin