Saturday of Week 24 in Ordinary Time

It’s no secret that God delights in giving a “hundredfold” increase to our efforts to draw close to him and his kingdom.  Just think of the widow who offered hospitality to the prophet Elijah.  Because of her generosity in giving her last handful of flour and bit of oil, God made sure that both her family and Elijah had enough to eat for many days, with neither her flour jar nor oil jug going empty.

Remember too, how Our Lord multiplied five loaves and two fish into a meal for more than five thousand hungry people.  Or recall his promise that God can do great wonders if we offer him faith just the size of a mustard seed.  Over and over again, Our Lord promises that if we listen to God’s word and persevere in our response to it then we can expect a bumper crop of grace.  God can produce so much from so little.

Just think of how God is able to use our times of prayer.  We make the minuscule effort of setting aside a brief amount of time to pray to him, and in return, he pours out blessings far greater than we ever dreamed possible.

Nothing shows God’s hundredfold generosity more perfectly than the Mass.  God not only chose to send his Son to earth to live, die, and rise for us: in the Eucharist, he gives us the daily opportunity to come to a banquet where Jesus makes himself present and accessible to us.  All we have to bring to this banquet is a contrite, grateful spirit—along with our hopes, our burdens, and our needs—and he fills us with the gift of his very body and blood.

In this divine exchange during Mass, we are able to enter into deep intimacy with our Creator and our Redeemer.  United to him by such a simple offering of our lives, we are renewed, refreshed, strengthened, and made whole.  There is no way we will ever truly comprehend the lavishness of God’s generosity.

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