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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Command, Command!

"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

"Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Wealth is useless on the day of wrath, but virtue saves from death. Proverbs 11:4

Many are the needs of the poor around us. Even the rich are poor in virtue if they fail to give. Great is the generosity of God, who has given us all things in Christ. May he help us to share with the least, and so we pray:

R Lord, hear the cry of the poor!

For those who go to bed hungry,
- that they may be fed by those who have way more food than they need. R

For those who suffer the diseases of poverty,
- that they may find help from those who suffer the diseases of affluence. R

For those who are neglected,
- that they may find care from those who are loved. R

For those who live this life in homelessness,
- that they may be granted an eternal home. R

O God, you loved the poor of this world so much, that you gave us your only-begotten Son for our salvation. Grant that we who have received such an enormous gift from you, may not withhold from those in need any gift that lies within our power to give, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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