18 March 2019: The measure is different!


Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Reading 1: Daniel 9:4-10; Gospel: Luke 6:36-38

A full measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.

Jesus remembered a small incident of his childhood in Nazareth: Mary sent him to get back a litre of maize flour she had earlier lent to a neighbour. The borrower was particularly fond this lovely son of Mary. So, when she measured out the flour, she took a cup to press it down inside the measure, filled it again, shook it, pressed it down with her fingers, and poured some more so that the flour was spilling over the edge. Those days no plastic bags were in use. So, she told Jesus to sit down and tie up his towel around his waist, and poured the whole flour into his lap. It was practically one and half times more than what Mary had lent to her! Jesus remembered that good woman and made her an image of God!

This is the manner in which God rewards those who give. “Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.” Well, the measure is actually different! God finds ways and means of giving us more than what we give others, without even letting us know about it. It looks as if it is the same measure, but it is somehow more! Any good that we do to others is a bank account that we open, and it never returns to us without a huge interest!

A religious friend of mine told me once. “I was thinking that I was sacrificing many things when I made my vows. But today I know that what I have received is hundred times more, and that too in ‘goods’ that are infinitely more valuable than the ‘goods’ that I gave away!” I replied, “It’s the same case with me!” God is never outdone in generosity!


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