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Good News C44

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 Luke 16:19-31 New American Bible

Luke 16:19-31 New International Version Bible Gateway

 

Share What You Have With Others in Need

Luke 16:19-31

 

          God wants you to share the wealth you have with those who are less fortunate than you are.  You can donate money to the Red Cross.  They provide blood, supplies, and services to people who have been in a disaster:  floods, hurricanes, tornados, fires, etc.  You can also donate money to our Church’s emergency fund to aid those in need.  You can put money in the poor box at the back of your church.

          Sharing your wealth is not just sharing money.  You can provide assistance in other ways, as well. You can share a skill.  You could play with your baby sister while your Dad mows the grass.  You could send cards to someone in the hospital.  You and your Mother could bake cookies to take to the Homeless Shelter. 

          If you have clothing, shoes, and/or toys that you have outgrown, you can give them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.  If you know a student at school who doesn’t have paper and pencils to do his/her work, you could share yours or buy extra for them with your allowance. 

          If it looks like your brother is having trouble with his homework, ask if he would like you to assist him.  It is important to remember that people need to keep their self-respect.  Don’t do it all for them.  Teach them how to help themselves.  If someone says they do not want help, honor their wishes. 

          When you are not able to help, ask God to send someone who can.  He knows each person’s needs.  He will send help from known and unknown sources.

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you share even when it seems like you don’t have enough yourself.  Remember what you share with others, you are sharing with God himself.  Then he will share his kingdom with you forever.   

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

                                                                         

 

 

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