When our daughter Teresa was in high school she went on a special trip to the people in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. They were very poor. The group with Teresa went to help fix up their houses, which were often falling apart. Even though the people had hardly anything, they were friendly, happy, and very generous with sharing their food with the workers. My daughter came home very much affected by the love she saw there and their desire to give.
This is the kind of generosity St. Paul talks about in the reading for today. He finds the churches in Macedonia and their generosity as examples to encourage the Corinthians to be just as generous in giving.
The last verse of the reading is very powerful. In you own words, what does it mean when St. Paul says about Jesus: “Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich?”
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You were rich yet poor for us v. 9
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we read 2 Corinthians.
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