Are we having the same joy when we share with others or are we giving purely out of obligation?
2 Corinthians 9:7
God always gives away bountifully. This is best expressed by giving us Jesus. God did not hold back Jesus. We too are meant to give generously to God and our neighbors.
Are we, however, performing acts of charity with sorrow? Are we showing others how reluctant we are in our giving? To give as God gives is to do it out of love and free will.
If we are giving out of obligation then we are not imitating God. It will be seen by others when we give and they may not accept our offering because they can see it comes from a disingenuous place.
Let us regain our joy by focusing on how much God loves us. Let us be moved by God’s generosity and give in the same way. Let us catch ourselves when we aren’t giving cheerfully and correct our behavior.
As a Maryknoll seminarian, Diego Ramirez talks about his experience serving and accompanying communities abroad. In this conversation Diego defines or redefines what ‘missionary work’ means and how Christians can connect with our fellow neighbors.