The Little Flour And Oil

Sunday, July 16, 2000

1 Kings 17:14 – For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: "The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land." (NIV)

Brothers and sisters in the Lord, warm greetings!

The most challenging demand in charity is to share what you do not have enough of. But then, who does not know the adage that the most precious possession is available in small quantities? And if we must share only the excess of our needs, how precious is that sharing likely to be?

Positioned on a tiny island of love and hope, God's children are surrounded with an ocean of need and despair! The Lord is beckoning all His children, the custodians of divine grace, to alleviate the need and dilute the despair surrounding them. The feeling that the little we have cannot go around is only a human feeling devoid of ways the Lord of Lords works. The word of God about this, in the gospels, is as vividly illustrated by the little fish and bread as it is, in the Old Testament, by the little flour and oil. Let us therefore not resist that little voice inside telling us to do something about so much need and despair in our environment.

Prayer: King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our anchor since ages past, the most reliable provider for our needs, we pray, today, that you provide us the courage to do your will in the most challenging circumstances of charity, and the wisdom not to doubt the strength of your hand in providing all we need to do your will in charity. Amen.

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