Isn’t it funny how we think about something and then the answer just pops up somewhere? This morning the answer was in the daily Gospel reading.
I always ask myself how a guy like me who really doesn’t have a whole lot, who is just getting by, can follow Jesus’ teachings about giving to the poor. My better half has been out of work, I don’t make the best money, I haven’t got much, how can I do anything?
Matthew 19 – 22 is the story of the man who asks Jesus what he must do to receive eternal life and Jesus tells him to keep the Lord’s commandments and then sell everything he has and give the proceeds to the poor and follow him. Unlike the man in this story, I can’t sell something I don’t have, I don’t have a lot of possessions, I haven’t gathered up all kinds of things. So I look at things with different eyes as the old saying goes.
Maybe we give other things to the poor? It doesn’t necessarily have to be money, how about our talents? How about our time? And who are the poor anyway?
I like to write, whether I am good at it or not is u to others to decide, but I have felt that God has given me this talent (I won’t call it a gift) for a reason. I feel the reason is to help share His word with others, whether it is through this blog, or some other way, a book, an article or even helping some non-profit organization with a writing project, I don’t know yet, but that is what I think He wants me to do. My “poor” are the poor in spirit, the people who don’t believe any longer (or never did), especially those who turned their backs on God like I did.
Is this how I can build up “treasure in Heaven?” If I spread the Word of God and bring just one person either back into believing or making them a believer will this by my treasure?
I guess we’ll just have to find out, won’t we?