Posted by: Lisa | December 7, 2013

Receive and Give

“The Lord will give you the bread you need
and the water for which you thirst.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher.”

(Isaiah 30:20)

“Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
(Matthew 10:8b)

The LORD God gives us “bread” – food, money, protection, the Holy Eucharist. The LORD gives us “water” – whatever quenches our physical, mental and spiritual thirst; the Holy Spirit. The LORD knows what we need and He provides.

Our Teacher, Jesus Christ, is no longer hidden from us because he was born into this world through the action of the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary. Since we have seen Jesus (we know him through Biblical accounts), we have seen God. Our Teacher, Emmanuel, never leaves us. The Holy Spirit, our Guide who dwells within us, never leaves us.

Jesus reminds us that we have been given all these priceless gifts (for free!) for a very important reason: To give to others without concern for compensation.  Our blessings are meant to overflow to bless others each day.

Dear Lord, we are grateful for Your gift of Yourself.  Help us to give to others without worrying about our own safety and security.  We trust You.  Teach us to love as You love.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen

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