Charity…It’s a Commandment!

8 Apr 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Charity…It’s a Commandment!

Today’s first reading reflects the thinking of the first generation of Christians. Clearly these first Christians were  generous in sharing their possessions.  But, perhaps this generosity may have been influenced by the thought that they wouldn’t have to live very long before Christ’s second coming.

How many of us have experienced persons who expect to die soon exhibit this same generosity? Our problem, however, is that two thousand years later Jesus still hasn’t returned, and most of us are not contemplating dying in the near future.

So what kind of generosity do we have? That great doctor of the Church, Thomas Aquinas teaches that for those who have little, sharing what we have with those who have less, is true charity. He also teaches that for those who have much, sharing with the poor goes beyond charity… it is a commandment! Wow! That’s scary. Isn’t it?

Perhaps we are not as merciful as God would like us to be.

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