Share what you have

Do not neglect to do good
and to share what you have;
God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.
Hebrews 13: 16

 At the end of the very theological letter to the Hebrews, chapter thirteen is full of practical advice for the community:

  • Let your love as brothers and sisters continue.
  • Do not neglect hospitality…
  • Be mindful of prisoners…
  • Let marriage be honored…
  • Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have…
  • Remember your leaders… and imitate their faith.
  • Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings…
  • Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
  • Obey your leaders and defer to them…
  • Pray for us…

This chapter is a good source for an examination of conscience, an examen of our lives, a look at how we are living our faith.

We might supplement these with these words of the Dominican missionary to Brazil, Dominique Barbé, who died on February 7, 1988, after nearly twenty years working among the poor in Sao Paolo, Brazil:

A missionary, an evangelist, is a person sent to destroy the structures of selfishness and to build the structures of sharing. This happens on three levels: the level of the individual, the community, and the society. It is like three intersecting wheels: the circle of personal life, the circle of community of the followers of Christ, and the circle of society.

Share what we have and destroy the structures of selfishness in ourselves, in the church, and in the world. A major task – but we can begin as followers of Christ.

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