Blessed is the Generous Giver

This I say: He who sows sparingly will also
reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap
bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his
heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a
cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound
toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all
things, have abundance for every good work. As it is
written: ‘He has dispersed abroad, He has given to
the poor; His righteousness remains forever.’ Now
may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food,
supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase
the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched
in everything for all liberality, which causes
thanksgiving through us to God.”
(2 Corinthians
9:6-11)

St. John Cassian reflects:

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.
More blessed than the poverty of the receiver is this
generosity of the giver, which does not come from money
that has been stored up through lack of faith or
confidence, and which is not dispensed from the
accumulated hoards of avarice, but which is offered from
the fruit of one’s own work and from loving toil.
And ‘it is more blessed to give than to
receive’because, although the person who has given
may be as poor as the one who receives, he nonetheless
strives by his own effort to procure not only a
sufficiency for his own needs but also, with loving
solicitude, something to give to the needy. In this way he
is adorned with a twofold grace, both because he possesses
the perfect poverty of Christ through his renunciation of
all his goods and because by his labors and his
disposition he exhibits the liberality of a rich man. He
it is who honors God from his righteous labors and gives
to him from the fruits of his righteousness.” (
The Institutes, p
230)

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