We Cannot Outdo God in Generosity
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
The LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!” “Here I am!” he answered. “Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger. “Do not do the least thing to him. I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”
Abraham was prepared to offer his beloved son to God, and God was well pleased with this offering. Similarly, in our Gospel, we hear the voice of God declare at Jesus’ Transfiguration: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” God is pleased with Jesus’ self-offering.
What do we offer to God? Are we willing to give God
our most precious gifts? Are we ready to surrender our children to whatever vocation God might have for them? If God called us or our children to be martyrs tomorrow, would we be willing and able to make such a sacrifice?
God has given us everything, including Himself in the Blessed Sacrament; is there any gift we could give in return for such blessings?
We cannot outdo God in generosity. All we can do is follow His promptings and be generous when He nudges us to give. As God provided a ram for the sacrifice in place of Isaac, so too God will provide us with opportunities to make sacrificial offerings in our lives. It may be a relative or friend in sudden need, or a destitute stranger in a chance encounter. God will provide us with opportunities to give. Be on guard for such opportunities, great or small, and watch God’s Grace transfigure your life and the lives of those whom you help. God’s glory shines through us when we offer ourselves in imitation of Christ Jesus. Christ suffered and died for us to free us from our sins, then told us to go, and do likewise. What special sacrifices is He asking of us now that we might sanctify our world and glorify God?
We long to hear God speak to us as He did to Abraham on the mountain: ““I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly … and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing—all this because you obeyed my command.”
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn