Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap. Luke 6: 37 – 38
In today’s Gospel reflection, the Lord Jesus assures us that God cannot be outdone in generosity.
The three practices that go with our Lenten repentance, are: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving.
In essence, we are called to Prayer so that we can spend more time in God’s presence, communing with Him, and getting to know Him.
We are called to Fast, so that we deny ourselves the earthly pleasures that often weigh down our souls.
We are called to Almsgiving, so that we become more aware of the needs of those around us, who have much less than we do, and can benefit from our generosity.
Isn’t it amazing then that the Lord Jesus assures us that as we obey His call to be generous and look after the needs of others, He in His bountiful provision would also look after our own needs too?
We trust Him for the grace to be aware of the needs of others around us and for the grace to open our hearts and hands to give generously to help and to heal.
Heavenly Father, Your Son Jesus calls us today to a life that rises above this earth’s vanities, to be open to the needs of our brothers and sisters around us.
And so in a special way Lord, we pray for all those who are in most need of Your mercy.
We pray for the sick, the poor, the destitute, the refugees, the persecuted, the afflicted.
We pray for those who are lonely and troubled, and those who feel like they have no one to turn to.
We pray for those who are grieving, and for those who are in pain – physically or emotionally.
We pray for those who feel lost and abandoned, and almost altogether forsaken.
We pray for those who are in deep darkness and for whom the Light seems far far away.
We pray for ourselves, in our circumstances and situations, in our worries and anxieties.
Come to us all Lord, we pray!
Pour out Your healing mercies and Your peace upon us.
Let us experience Your generous love and grace.
Let us experience Your tender touch and the Power of Your Holy Spirit setting us free…
Free from all our fears, free from all our pain, free from all our distress, free from all our afflictions.
That by abiding in Your presence, we all may find perfect liberty to know You Father and Your Son Jesus Whom You have sent.
And knowing and serving You, we pray that the channels of graces and the floodgates of Heaven would be opened upon us and all those around us in need, pouring unto us good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Always and Forever,
To The Lamb.
With all my love.