Deacon Jim Olson’s Reflection – 11-2-20

668 11-2-20 All Souls Day John 6:37-40

Who do you honor at your table?
The Lord is always ready to receive us at his table.
As far as we can tell from the Gospel accounts, Jesus never refused a dinner invitation!
Why, in this particular instance, does Jesus lecture his host on whom he should or
should not invite to dinner?
Did his host expect some favor or reward from Jesus?
Did he want to impress his neighbors with the honor of hosting the “miracle worker”
from Galilee?
Generous giving does not impoverish – but enriches the heart.
Jesus probes our hearts as well.
Do you only show favor and generosity to those who will repay you in kind?
What about those who do not have the means to repay you – the poor, the sick, and
the disadvantaged?
Generosity demands a measure of self-sacrifice.
However, it does not impoverish, but rather enriches the soul of the giver.
True generosity springs from a heart full of mercy and compassion.
God has loved us first, and our love for Him is a response of gratitude for the great
mercy and kindness He has shown to each one of us.
No one can out match God in His generous love and kindness towards us.
Do you give freely as Jesus gives without seeking personal gain or reward?
Lord Jesus, your love never fails, and your mercies abound.
You offer us the best of gifts – peace, pardon, and everlasting friendship with you at
your banquet table.
Fill us with gratitude for your great mercy and kindness toward us.
And may we never fail to show kindness and mercy toward all we meet so that they
may know the mercy and goodness you offer them as well.

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Saint James Catholic Church, Belvidere, IL