FROM OUR EDITORS—February 10, 2019 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 4, 2019

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God is generous. We see this in Sunday’s Gospel of the miraculous catch of fish. After Simon Peter had been fishing all night without catching anything, he and his partner caught such “a great number of fish [that] their nets were tearing” (Luke 5:6). They even had to call in help from James and John in another boat: “They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking” (5:7). This miraculous catch was the result of Simon following Jesus’ command.

Being generous is risky. We may fear giving too much and not having enough for our own needs. We may have been taken advantage of in the past and be concerned about repeating that experience. We may feel depleted and needy ourselves. We may simply be selfish.

God calls us to be generous. Jesus tells us to love others as God loves us—generously. He wants us to place our trust in God instead of the things and values of this world. Your generosity to the children in your care shows them a glimpse of the generosity of our infinitely generous God.

LET US PRAY: Good and gracious God, thank you for your great generosity. Help us to follow and trust your commands. Teach us to be generous in our thoughts, words, and actions. Help us when we are tempted to be selfish. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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