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!

@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.”

@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.”

@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.

Your turn:

I want to know your Mass Takeaway too! Comment with your thoughts on the readings, your pastor’s homily, or anything that struck you during your time at Mass.

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