ST LAWRENCE, DEACON & MARTYR : Wednesday 10th August 2022

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ST LAWRENCE, DEACON & MARTYR : Wednesday 10th August 2022

2 Cor. 9:6-10; Ps. 111:1-2,5-6,7-8,9;
Jn. 12:24-26 (Ps Wk III)

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.” (Jn. 12:24; 1 Cor. 15:36).

In other words, in Jesus’ death and resurrection, salvation has become a reality for all. The community of believers attains a new unity with Him and the Father and will not ‘remain alone’ after Jesus’ death. (Jn.14:18, 16:22).  This is reaffirmed when Jesus said, “wherever I am, my servant will be there too.” (Jn. 12:26).

Today, as we celebrate the feast of St Lawrence, we are reminded of this saint who spent his life for the poor of the Church and suffered martyrdom. He is an example of a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. Are we ready for such a challenge in today’s world?

The act of self-surrender and self-sacrifice for the love of God (Father, Son and Spirit) has to be accompanied by a cheerful disposition. Today’s first reading reiterates this aspect of ‘giving’ and motivates us to do good deeds for others – doing out of ‘pure love of God’. We are challenged to check on our motivations, particularly those deeds which are directed towards the poor and the marginalised. In our act of ‘giving’, do we give from what excess we have or would like to discard, or do we really give from the little we have?

Lord, help us share what we have out of pure love of God and be cheerful givers of Your love.

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