Matthew 5:42 Give to those who ask and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.
At this point my mouth dropped opened. Never had I heard this scripture before. All those times that I had justified to my kids why we shouldn’t give money to the panhandlers. All those times that I have justified why I cannot give to every charity that asks. All those times that I have turned my back on someone who just needs a little. I had been doing it over and over. I had felt okay by my choice too (I know gasp here). I justified it all by making excuses.
“Oh they are just going to turn around and use what I give them to buy drugs or alcohol.”
“I just gave to 3 other charities, I just cannot give to everyone.”
“I just cannot do that for you right now because I have too much of my own things to get done. Sorry.”
“I can’t make a meal for someone else’s family when I can barely get a meal on the table for my own family.”
Fr Barron’s reflection today reminds us how important it is to give a little to all. It doesn’t mean you have to give a lot to each person or organization, but a little to all. Give to everyone who asks.
I am telling you when I realized how many times I turn away from people who are crying out for something, just something and justified why I did it; it turned my stomach a little this morning.
Matthew 5:42 Give to those who ask
Period. End of story. Give to those who ask. It doesn’t need to be grandiose, just give a little, but GIVE.
Could you imagine if every person dropped just a dollar in the church basket what could happen in our churches? Can you imagine if every person handed out a dollar to each person that asked on the street? Can you imagine if we all jumped at the chance to help a neighbor who just needed a little extra help? Can you imagine? Life would be very different.
Treat each person like it is Jesus. When Jesus is asking you for something, wouldn’t you do just about anything to give it to Him? Of course we would. Give and don’t think about it. Give and don’t justify. Give what really isn’t yours to begin with; it’s God’s.