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The greatest good for any Christian is not giving, but receiving

Eighteenth Sunday Ordinary Time

August 1, 2021 •

It's a very clear teaching. Jesus says it is better to receive from Him than to give to Him. He wants our love, but He prefers to love us first. ...

Every time we sin against Him? He will give us forgiveness in Confession. Every time we worthily approach the holy altar, He gives Himself to us in the Eucharist. These gifts are what enable us to love Him in return. Without His life in us, we cannot do it.

The greatest good for any Christian is not giving, it's receiving. But it's receiving the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the grace that He gives us in the Sacraments. ...

Receiving the Eucharist is the greatest of all goods. Receiving that is greater than good you will be able to do yourself. You could sacrifice your life for God or somebody else and it would be nothing compared to one worthy reception of Holy Communion. Now, we're still called to charity. To imitate Jesus Christ in our love for one another and yes, to love Him in return to the best of our ability, but all of that pales in comparison to the worthy reception of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

There is no greater gift that has been given. And there is no greater gift that can be received.

In each of the sacraments of the Church grace is being received from God - the gift of Himself. The more we can avail ourselves of those graces, the better our life will be.

It's one of the great tragedies, especially when we put off the sacrament of Confession...

The greatest act of love that we can give to God is first allowing Him to love us

Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3-4, 23-25, 54; Eph 4:17, 20-24; Jn 6:24-35

Homily begins at 20:02 (with apologies for the technical issues)

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