Clergy Notes — Second Sunday in Lent, March 13 2022

When we think of charity, we may think of “doing good works” for the poor, or perhaps – more expansively – the fair and just distribution of goods, which values a person’s autonomy, rather than seeing the poor as mere subjects of gifts at the mercy of those more fortunate. Most of us will not deny that everyone has the right to have their basic needs cared for, including their intrinsic dignity as a human being.


But how often do we think of charity as incorporating SPIRITUAL mercies and gifts rather than just providing for the corporal needs of the wider populace? Intellectual and creative ideas and works have been commodified for some time, and spiritual ideas have entered that category as well. Books on spirituality, educational programs, “expert” keynote speakers, etc, all command the attention and money of “enlightened” people, and can be subject to copyright just like any other intellectual property. In this context, it may be interesting to ponder whether we are subconsciously reluctant to share the spiritual insights that God gifts us with during times of contemplation, prayer, or study.


If we share a spiritual insight with a companion and then later discover they have shared it with someone else without “crediting” us, how do we feel?


In our Lenten reflection this week, we may perhaps spend time pondering what really “belongs” to us, and what the purpose really is for the spiritual insights God gifts us with. How may we share, not just the material possessions we are blessed with, but also our spiritual gifts? How may God be trying to bless others through us, in every way?


Mother Amanda


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