Livonia, Michigan

From Fr. Tom!

I pray that you are doing well and staying safe. Some time ago, I found this story on the internet:

“A friend injured his back and was unable to work for many months. Trying to be part of God’s mercy, I decided to anonymously give him a few hundred dollars by placing the money in an unmarked envelope. I was shocked, and angry the next day when I saw the children in front of their home eating their McDonald’s Happy Meals. Not only that, but the oldest daughter had a new bike. I could not believe how they had spent the money so foolishly. In my conscience, a voice said to me: ‘Why do you give?’ I thought: I was moved to give from the blessings I had received. The voice again said, ‘Then why do you want to control? Let me multiply what you have given away. Do not give with control but give freely trusting in my blessings.’

A few days later, while speaking with my friend, he shared with me how someone had given money to the family in their time of need. He said a couple of people heard of the gift and were moved to help as well. One had just won a new bicycle in a church auction and gave it to the oldest daughter. The other had received McDonald’s gift card at Christmas but had never used them. The eyes of my heart were opened that day.”

We are all part of the mysterious working of God. Sometimes, most of the time, we never know how God will use our small acts of kindness and love to reach that one person who is struggling with life.

Today’s Liturgy of the Word is an invitation for all of us to be in communion with the covenant of the Lord in the Body of Christ. God is inviting us to be an integral part of his mercy and love.

We are in Christ, caretakers of our brothers and sisters, especially those effected by COVID 19 and their family members. We are one body in Christ, and nothing can separate us from God. Nothing can separate us from His Love. Let us offer the little we have to Jesus, and be convinced that what we share will be blessed and many other people will be filled with the knowledge of God’s faithfulness, mercy, and love.

God is generous to us—be generous to others.

Have a blessed week!

Fr. Tom