First Reading: Proverbs 11:24-25
The proverbs in our first two weeks were intended to help support a worldview, to reinforce a way of living that values friendship and a clear conscience. But some proverbs are intended to subvert rather than support the cultural norm. Our proverb for today is that kind of upset-the-apple-cart kind of proverb. It is wisdom from God intended to combat and overthrow the wisdom of the world.
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, 10-11
Paul uses some proverbs to encourage trust in God and generosity.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:19-21
Jesus uses a proverb to encourage trust in God and generosity.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Today’s is a risky topic – a theme that makes people uneasy. “The church shouldn’t talk about money!” Well, the topic today isn’t exactly money. It is generosity – but at the end of the day, it calls into question our attitudes about money and possessions.
Rev. Scott Giger