Wednesday August 10th 2011 :Feast of St Lawrence : God Loves a Cheerful Giver

Scripture readings for today's Mass are here

2 minute Video from Catholic Radio on the life and death of early Church Martyr - Saint Lawrence, roasted alive on a grill by Emperor Valerian on August 10th,in the year 258. 
The narrator has a great Irish accent and I love the story about the church riches-
why don't things like that happen any more ?!

St Lawrence is Patron saint of comics, chefs, paupers and comedians. 

The grid-iron that is believed to have been used to torture him is held in San Lorenzo, Lucina, Italy. The painting (left )shows him holding a very sanitised version it !

St Lawrence  models the charism of diakonia…the genuine “ministry” of the gospel in the heart of the Church .
He is also one of the patrons of deacons along with St Stephen.
More here from a site with a lovely title : Saints Notes about Your Extended Family in Heaven.
Ah well, Maybe I can be a deacon in the afterlife .
I would have liked to be one in this life but Pope says NO !

Reading 1. 2 Corinthians 9 :6-10

Brothers and sisters:
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.

Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,
so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work.

As it is written:
He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

I'm not promoting car insurance in the video here.......

I just liked the humour . It takes ten seconds or so for it to get to it.

Yes, God loves a cheerful giver but oh boy, when you're not in the mood they can be very annoying...

Gospel John 12 : 24-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.

Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.

Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.

The Father will honour whoever serves me.”


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