Receiving the Gift of Love

By Sr. Ruth Ksycki, OSB

“Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose their reward.”  (Mark 9:41)

Recently this verse presented a new thought to me.  Jesus does not say “anyone to whom you give a cup of water,” but “who gives you a cup of water.”  It seems that Jesus is emphasizing the graciousness with which we receive a kindness, a gift, a compliment, or an encouraging word.  I wonder if our gratefulness for such a gift is a measure of our openness to receive graciously the gift of God’s love?

What do you think? And, what will you do with it?

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