Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalm 23; Matt 15:29-37
It comes from the latin word that means overflowing. As in my cup overflows.
Think about the last time you experienced an abundance of something, anything.
What did it feel like? What were you thinking? How did this experience carry over in your daily life?
We experience Jesus offering an abundance in today's gospel. He overflowed with generosity. From seven loaves and a few fish Jesus makes that which feeds a crowd with seven basket of fragments left over.
What started this simple yet profound experience of abundance through the heart of Jesus? Simply a question, "How many loaves do you have?" and then an action: "He took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds"
That simple and yet that profound. Given to Jesus, returned to the giver only to be given away.
This is how we experience abundance. This is the recipe for a life of overflowing.
Yesterday for #givingtuesday. It is a movement that was started two years ago as an attempt to get people motivated to give. It is the Tuesday that follows Thanksgiving.
Thursday we have a dyad Thanks followed by two days to get deals: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Tuesday is meant to be a day in which we give away whether it be Time, Advocacy, Money, Education.
Basically the motivation behind it is that anyone, anywhere can be a philanthropist. One does't have to be a billionaire in order for the gift to count. It all adds up and through giving, abundance overflows.
Such it is with the life of Faith. We have to give it away in order to experience the true depths of God's generous overflowing love.
Abundance. Get some today by being go givers not go getters.