The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.
As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us;
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If you took Economics 101, you might remember the definition of economics as the science of how scarce resources are produced, distributed, and consumed. It was the sense of scarcity and ultimate doom which led Thomas Carlyle to refer to economics as the “Dismal Science” in the 19th century.
So what does economics have to do with today’s readings? In 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about sowing and reaping bountifully. He says God loves a cheerful giver. How different this sounds from a science which studies scarcity and how some people accumulate wealth and others are poor?
I think God’s economics – the economics of love – are governed by the principle of bountifulness and plenty. The more we give away, the more we receive. There is no limit to love. We always have room in our hearts to love one more person or to show extra care to a loved one in need.
Think about it. God’s love is infinite, absolute and unconditional. It is this love from which we are created and to which we are called to share in the world. There is no such thing as scarcity in the economics of love.
—David McNulty is the Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus
Lord, we pray for a spirit of abundance. Not only do we want to champion those struggling, but we want to celebrate those experiencing victories in their lives. Should we fall into the pit of jealousy, rescue us so we can encourage and rejoice with those moving forward in their journey. Deepen our trust that “we will be enriched in every way” for our generosity.
—The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!