Nancy Porter’s sermon:

nancy porterTruly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  — Matthew 25:40

Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Mark 12:30

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In the Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditation for Wednesday, March 23

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.

Luke 6:38

A good measure…not a half-hearted consolation prize, not a guilt-trip donation, wrung out of you by someone you need to impress, but a heaping, sifted, tamped-down measure. This is the way Luke describes the gift we must give, and the gift that will be given back.In other places, the Bible says you will receive ten times what you give. My experience mostly has been somewhere between those estimates. And except in the cosmic sense, the giving is not usually reciprocal. The point is that giving, like forgiving, is one of those amazing mysteries of God’s grace. Giving produces in and of itself a mental attitude of gratitude. Whatever we get in return, we actually appreciate more. Sister Claire Joy