Be Generous With Your: Time, Talents, Treasure

Today’s the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 11, 2018

My takeaway:

Today our pastor gave a great homily about being generous with our time, talents, and treasure.

“We’re all called to be generous, and that means going out of our comfort zone for the sake of others. In the readings, Jesus didn’t praise the people who gave out of their surplus. He praised the people who gave when it hurt.”

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#MyMassTakeaway – Time, Talents, and Treasure. We're all called to be generous, and that means going out of our comfort zone for the sake of others. In the readings, Jesus didn't praise the people who gave out of their surplus. He praised the people who gave when it hurt. The widow in the Gospel gave her last pennies, even though that would leave her with nothing. The widow in the first reading gave the very last food she had, even though that meant she and her son would die of starvation. We're all called to give of our time, talents, and treasures, and not just when it's convenient. Sometimes we may be tempted to say "I don't have time for that" and excuse ourselves from serving others. But the reality is, we all have the same number of hours in a day, the same days in a week. It's not about having time, but finding time. Can we give up just 5, 10 minutes, an hour maybe of tv or social media and give that time to God, our family, or the Church? We may think our talents are not perfect or not good enough. But we can't allow that fear to hold us back. Gos gave us our gifts and talents to make our lives and the lives of others better. It doesn't have to be perfect, it can glorify God while it's being developed. Can we let go of pride and reach out with our imperfect talents, seeing them for the beautiful gift they are, and using them to bless others? We might feel we can't afford to give right now. But, look at that woman in the Old Testament reading. Her gift was basically the gift of martyrdom. She was willing to die, in order to feed the servant of God in her home. And what happened? She didn't die of course. As long as Elijah lived in her home, and she generously provided for him, she never ran out of food. Is God asking us to let go of the fear that tells us he won't provide for us? Is there a call on our heart to give to a certain charity, or a family in need? Can we allow ourselves to get uncomfortable in generosity and trust him to provide? Time, talents, and treasure. Which way is God calling you to be generous today? Will you step out of your comfort zone and answer that call? 📷 giving my time and attention to my sillies.

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Featured Five Takeaways:

@PrayerWineChocolate

Amy had a story that had me chuckling, then dropped a powerful truth bomb.

“The Gospel reminded me that it is most important to believe that when times are tough. It’s easier to believe when there is surplus.”

Let’s pray to be more like those widows – who trusted God with everything!

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Soooo today someone asked how my social media venture was going. To be a little more specific, she asked if it was helping with our income yet. My husband quickly responded no while I said a lot of uhhh, well, not exactly. …blah blah blah As I drove to Mass, I wondered if I should be giving serious thought to getting a "real job" again. It's not what I desire…but I am a wife and mother and I just don't know. Then, the first reading. God will provide. I've preached that many times. I've believed it in the past. The Gospel reminded me that it is most important to believe that when times are tough. It's easier to believe when there is surplus. I admire the faith of those widows. I pray to be more like them. #MyMassTakeaway #youcantbehalfasaint #CarholicMass #Catholicsonline #Godwillprovide

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@GinnyKochis

I love Ginny’s writing, because she’s so good at taking her tough days and turning them around to inspire others.

“Sundays are the days when we have nothing left to give. But we give anyway, and you know what? He sees it. And no, he doesn’t care about the stains on your shirt. What he cares most about is the woman he is fashioning and the lives she keeps in her care.
Your jar of flour shall not go empty, nor your jug of oil run dry.”

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I went through mass this morning with breakfast on my shirt, only I didn’t notice it until the Penitential Rite. As my husband said later it certainly didn’t affect the validity of the sacrament, but it did have an impact on the validity of my sense of self. Where I had walked into Mass with hopeful spirit, I spent the second half slogging through the knowledge that my outward appearance conveyed an inner storm. I think you can probably identify with how I was feeling. As moms to intense, differently-wired kids, Sundays are the days when we have nothing left to give. By the time we’ve made it through a week of forged discoveries, soothed meltdowns, and anxiety-fueled rages, the prospect of one more need, one more act of service makes us feel like we might die. And then we hear about the widows, from the Old Testament and the New. They literally have nothing left, and yet they give it to the Lord: 'The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'" Sundays are the days when we have nothing left to give. But we give anyway, and you know what? He sees it. And no, he doesn’t care about the stains on your shirt. What he cares most about is the woman he is fashioning and the lives she keeps in her care. Your jar of flour shall not go empty, nor your jug of oil run dry.

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@BeautifulCamouflagedMess

Anni’s beautiful words today encourage us to have radical trust in God.

“Dear God, please grant me the courage to be like the nameless widow in today’s reading. Grant me the courage to place radical trust in You, with faith You will provide in all areas of my life. Amen.”

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A few months ago, I was advised that the biggest challenge we face as Christians is to give radical trust to God. I stamped my feet, I shook my head, I tried to bargain my way out of the situation – and, still do, some days. . . Yet, today, as I was distracted during the Homily by the constant grabby-hands of the baby, I was hit with a ton of bricks. The widow from the first reading, 1 Kgs 17:10-16, displayed the radical trust in God. She was asked to take her fistful of wheat, split it between three, and trust that God would provide. . . Radical trust. . . She did. . . And He provided. . . The widow gave all she had – every ounce. Willingly, and because she had radical trust in God’s providence and goodness. And, in turn, He ensured she was cared for afterward. . . Dear God, please grant me the courage to be like the nameless widow in today’s reading. Grant me the courage to place radical trust in You, with faith You will provide in all areas of my life. Amen. . . #bctg #catholicsonline #catholicsofinstagram #faith #trust #christianblogger #catholicmom #radicalfaith #radicaltrust #bibleinspiration #mymasstakeaway

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@SurprisedByMarriage

Jen and Logan remind us to be self-sacrificial in marriage. I love that they bring up this topic, because that’s something I pray for every day!

They point out that love hurts a little, and challenge us to “Give more than you think you can give!”

@Mary_Haseltine

You know I love Mary’s chalkboard verses.

This week she reminds us that even though Jesus died and rose from the dead and won our salvation, everything’s not perfect yet.

“We still have knots upon knots that only He can undo. We’re living in the messy, beautiful, in-between, the both/and that salvation was then and not yet.”

The choices we make matter, and Mary challenges us to be more like the widows in the readings – giving everything for Christ.

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We believe He will come again. Sometimes we forget that, I think. Sometimes I don’t get why His first coming and the Redemption of the Paschal Mystery didn’t fix everything. There’s still sin. We still have terrible messes that only He could clean up. We still have knots upon knots that only He can undo. We’re living in the messy, beautiful, in-between, the both/and that salvation was then and not yet. + This has been on my heart so much the last few months. I've grown more eager in my await of Him and I pray that I am not foolish for that desire but that I am ready. The reminder is abundant in Scripture that we know not the day or hour and as Advent approaches, that reminder in the liturgy will only become more fervent. + It's so easy to forget that whether it is the Second Coming or our own deaths, the choices we've made on this earth will matter. The fallout from our choices will matter. And in the meantime, I pray that I can be like that widow giving all – everything – to Him. My ego, my plans, my choices, my money, my projects, my relationships…all Yours, Jesus. Until you come again in Your glory. + + + #SundayScriptureSnapshot #Scripture #mymasstakeaway #liturgicalliving #sundayreadings #catholic

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