Scripture Reflection on Generosity

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In the video I shared earlier this week, Jackie reads from 2 Corinthians 9 regarding generosity. I was thinking might be a good ‘beginning of fall reflection’ for your parish teams so I decided to write you a quick Bible Study slash Reflection you could do together.

Opening Prayer:

Come Holy Spirit, Come Now, Come as You Wish
Come Holy Spirit, Come Now, Come as You Wish
Come Holy Spirit, Come Now, Come as You Wish

Have someone read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 aloud:

Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each much do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance of every good work.
As it is written:
“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”
The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God,
for the administration of this public service is not only supplying the needs of the holy ones but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God.
Through the evidence of this service, you are glorifying God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your contribution to them and to all others,
while in prayer on your behalf they long for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 (source)

Take a few minutes in silence to reflect, then ask people to share anything that stood out to them.

Have another person read through the passage again.

Discuss these questions as a group.

  • How is our parish “sowing the seed” into the world?
  • Are we sowing bountifully or sparingly? How so?
  • Is there an area where we could be more generous in our gifts?
  • Do our parishioners see us being generous and then respond in kind?
  • What’s one thing we can do as a parish to be more generous this year?
  • What’s one thing you can do as an individual to be more generous this year?

Closing Prayer Together

I really love this prayer from Thomas Merton about the slow work of God. It helps me remember that I’m only one piece of this puzzle, only one sower in the world, and I’m exactly where I need to be. God is just asking me to trust Him and say yes to His will for me today.

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going
I do not see the road ahead of me
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you
and I hope I have that desire in all I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me on the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore, will I trust you always.
Though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death,
I will not fear, for you are ever with me
and you will never leave me to face my struggles alone. Amen

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