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Monday November 21st: Sacrifice grows charity

“She, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

Luke 21:1-4

Today’s Gospel is forming us in the way of charitable living.  Charity is one of the greatest virtues, a gift from God as a theological virtue, and the greatest of the three virtues.  (1 Cor.13:13.)

Without charity we would just be ‘making ole noise’.  Charity is like an angel moving around, mysterious in its effects, but demands sacrifice of the one desiring it.  The widow is an excellent example of the sacrifice it demands. (She, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.)  It is not how much we give but the sacrifice we make.

It is sacrifice that grows charity and charity leads to sacrifice.  It must become part of daily living; in little ways we must sacrifice and at the same time be charitable.  Always allow the two to go hand in hand and we would grow to be Christ-like.

Lord Jesus, have mercy on us and open our hearts to that gift of charity. Help us make sacrifices to become more charitable and begin to be your body given for others in this world.  Amen.

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