Remember : He who sows meagerly will reap meagerly, and there shall be generous harvests for him who sows generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6

Paul described his own situation as an apostle of Christ, wandering, persecuted, ill to the Corinthians who had adopted a bourgeois lifestyle. While they felt proud of their large community, Paul shared in the passion of Christ to make them see that they too would know the true consolation of God when it was their turn to suffer for him.

The apostle felt inadequate for his mission but he would like everyone to recognize Christ and the radiance of his love through him though he was a long way from that. The Christian’s mission is not primarily to sing God’s praises, nor to live in peace, but to be actively involved in the task of universal reconciliation.

In the year 48 there was a famine in Judea and in Jerusalem due to the poor harvest of the previous year, a sabbatical year. Thus Paul exhorted the Churches in Corinth to take up the liberality and the greatness of generous giving; of the blessed work of grace. It is more a gift for the one who gives than for the one who receive.

Let each one give what he decided upon personally and not reluctantly as if obliged. God is able to fill us with every good thing, so that we have enough of everything at all times and may give abundantly for any good work. God loves a cheerful giver and he who sows generously reaps generous harvests.

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.