October 4 Faith Filled Generosity Reflection
October 4, 2020
Surrendering privilege and wealth
By The Rev. Ed Gomez
This Sunday falls on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and, as if by design, all the readings speak to his exemplary life of practicing generosity. Living church in the time of COVID-19 has reconfirmed my views of poverty and generosity.
As I ponder today’s readings, Paul’s words pop out at me in Philippians, where he writes:
“Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.”
“For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ.”
In reflecting on the life of Francis and these words, I wish to suggest that we not romanticize his embrace of poverty, but rather focus on his Faith-Filled Generosity. His generosity allowed him to surrender his privilege and wealth, and to embrace and consider them “rubbish,” in order to be Jesus to those who need Him most.
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