Reclaimsunday.net readers the life of faith is an adventure! This week a few words on RELIEF , generativity and love. God is the shepherd who satiates our
thirst, and wants; providing RELIEF in a way the world cannot sending us pastures, courage and banquets as today's 23 Psalm holds. After the readings from Isaiah and the Gospel the truth of the sacrament of marriage rang out in the king prepares the
God sends RELIEF in the form of spouses, children, family, friends, a breeze, a word of encouragement, a smile and more! Like Veronica who offered the thin veil to wipe the Lord's face on the
way of the cross or Simon pressed into service giving of his bodily strength the example of relief in the form of charity is ever before us. In a small shop at an Abbey such relief was everywhere! The young couple cradling the three week old infant
in their very first outing stopping long enough for the strangers to see a sign of hope. Then there was the young couple with their special needs child who they carried patiently and lovingly also stopping to engage in conversation, also witnessing to
the relief of kindness from passer bys. The smiling religious offered relief from the hurried expressions of city workers. Then the relief of a married couple on the bench outside, sitting together enjoying the warm Fall sun and conversing with
the visitors. When asked of the gift of 65 years of marriage the husband beamed never taking his eyes off his wife, "I give in to her, ... Often!!" Sending them and those gathered into hearty laughter. RELiEF .
Generativity was so evident in each. God's love expands our capacity to love and bear all in his name. Union with him produces fruit. The cup overflows in life with Christ.
Love is of God.
Are we opened to the invitation to the banquet to which we are called? Love as a feast produces healthy relations that naturally seek out others, again multiplying the bounty.
How have you encountered
RELIEF, generativity and love today? This upcoming season of giving let's make room to support gifts of meaning from local monasteries, charitable outreach or spiritual bouquets! Where are you this Sunday?