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<< Monday, February 28, 2011 >>
 
Sirach 17:19-24
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Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7 Mark 10:17-27
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POVERTY PROGRAM

 
"Then Jesus looked at him with love and told him..." —Mark 10:21
 

If we deeply love others, we, like Jesus, will tell them to "go and sell what you have and give to the poor" (Mk 10:21). This is not imposing a burden or putting a guilt trip on them, but rather is giving them the opportunity to have treasure in heaven where neither rust corrodes nor moth consumes (Mt 6:19).

Jesus says: "In the measure you give you shall receive, and more besides" (Mk 4:24). When we ask others to give, we increase what they receive and more besides. Elijah met a widow and her son who were about to die of starvation (1 Kgs 17:12). He could have given them a little food to delay their death, but instead he saved their lives by telling the widow to give her last bit of food to him. When she did that, her flour and oil were multiplied more than five-hundred fold to feed herself, her son, and Elijah for a year. Let's love and feed the physically and spiritually poor not only by giving to them but also by asking them to give to the Lord's work.

 
Prayer: Father, may I overcome fear by faith so I can sow bountifully and reap bountifully (2 Cor 9:6).
Promise: "But to the penitent he provides a way back, he encourages those who are losing hope!" —Sir 17:19
Praise: Some in Presentation Ministries have volunteered years, even decades, of service in order that the gospel can be spread to the ends of the earth.
 
(For a related teaching, order our leaflet The Bible on Money.)
 
 
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from February 1, 2011 through March 31, 2011.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July27, 2010.
 
The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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