My reflection today is from Living Faith:
The just ones offering and riches the altar and rises as a sweet odor before the Most High. Sirach 35:8
“Ever have the experience of going to lunch with friends and fighting over the check? Maybe responding with, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t have.’ Or, ‘No, I just can’t let you do that.’ I wonder if we might not occasionally, graciously, take the receiver role allowing someone else to be generous. If we adopt a spirit of mutuality, might not more and even sweeter odors rise to the Most High? Always paying for everything beating others to the check and displaying our magnanimity may prop up our ego, but it may make others feel beholden to us or rob them of the opportunity to make their offering.
If you are a parent, you may be used to always paying for your financially strapped adult children, but when my son says, ‘I got it, Mom,’ I give my husband that looked at says, ‘ allow him to experience the sweet odor of giving.’ Jennifer Christ
Many times it is difficult to receive the gift with grace. It is always so much fun to be able to give to others but many times we need to learn to receive from others.