Thursday, May 31, 2012

Blessed Jerome: A Good Offering

From the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke 21: 3,4 (NLT):

"I assure you," HE said, "this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has."

The poor widow only put two mites into the treasury. However, because she put in everything that she had, Scripture says her gifts to GOD were much more valuable than what the wealthy offered. For such gifts aren't evaluated by their weight, but by the willingness of the giver. ...Therefore, I wouldn't want you to offer to the LORD only what a thief can steal from you or an enemy can capture. Don't give HIM what a law could confiscate or what is liable to fluctuate in value. Don't offer what belongs to a long line of owners who follow each other as fast as wave follows wave in the sea. To sum this all up, don't offer what you must leave behind you when you die. Instead, offer to GOD that which no enemy can carry off and no tyrant can take from you. Give HIM that which will go down to the grave--rather, will go with you to the Kingdom of Heaven and the enchantments of Paradise. --Blessed Jerome.

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