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Are you envious because I am generous?

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Are you envious because I am generous?

A while back, a father of five came to my office with a dilemma. It seemed as though his teenage son was embarrassed of him. Yes! This boy was embarrassed of his dad (and maybe even his large family) because every morning he noticed all the BMW's, Mercedes, Volvo's, etc ... that were in the drop-off line at school. He told his dad to buy a new car because he was "sick and tired of their beat up 1999 Ford pick-up truck with a crack in the windshield." This man's child was attending a private Catholic school that cost over ten thousand dollars a year, per child.

So the man came to my office and told me, "My son is embarrassed of me, Father. What should I tell him?" I told him, without any hesitation, "Wrap your arm around your son and tell him that you could have any car you wanted if you hadn't decided to send him to a private school for eight years!" He liked my answer.

In a certain way, this boy was envious that his father was so generous. What the child had forgotten though, was that he was the recipient of that generosity.

We, as Americans, are very generous with our time, our money and our possessions. I am so grateful to the many people of our parish that gave their time, their talents and their treasure before, during and after our Fall Festival. It was a resounding success in all three ways! I am so blessed to be at All Saints!

I can truly say that! I have seen it with my own eyes.

The Lord today reminds us of who He is. God is love. He is merciful and compassionate. The Lord is forgiving and giving. He is slow to anger and rich in mercy. There is very little talk in Scripture regarding what God consists of. The same is true for us since we could really give a darn in knowing someone's DNA. What we really want to know is someone's heart.

We, as Christians, not only have the obligation to provide others with "daily bread", but to provide others with spiritual nourishment. Recent decisions tend to dismiss the second half. It is not a good thing to provide drug addicts with clean and free needles or teenagers with free condoms. It is a much better thing to wrap your arm around them and teach them how to live life according to the Gospel of Life. The Lord fed very few people as he preached and saved the world. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if more people fed the Lord and his disciples than His disciples fed them. People in general know how to live. What they want to know is why they live! The Lord gave humanity the answer.

God our Father, may we love you in all things and above all things and reach the joy you have prepared for us beyond all our imagining. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (Opening prayer, 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time).

Posted by Fr. Alfonse Nazzaro with