In today;s first reading as we start the month of march, the book of Sirach invites to do the following, "Give to the Most High as he has given to you, generously, according to your means."
Give to the Most High as he has given to you!
What a concept!
How often we fail to truly appreciate what we have been given? How often we focus on the have not that we lose sight of the generosity of the Heavenly Father who daily gives and gives again.
How do you give back to the one who gives all!
We hear those words of the gospel that match the spirit of the first reading, "Peter began to say to JEsus, we have given up everything and followed you."
It almost sounds like a cry of entitlement. Peter asking JEsus to take notice of all that was given up. But when it comes to following JEsus are we "giving up" something or are we giving. Here is the change of attitude necessary for a disciple.
Jesus doesn't want us to 'give up' everything he just wants us to give. Is this not how we imitate the Father, who simple gives from all eternity.
We are not entitled anything but to live generously.