You Philippians indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone. For even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me help for my needs more than once. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that accumulates to your account. I have been paid in full and have more than enough; I am fully satisfied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Reflection. We know that Christ himself is our reward. The Philippians have been wonderfully faithful in supporting St Paul's ministry of spreading the Good News. They had come to know Jesus and knew the benefits thereof. They wanted the same for others. A part of their response was to dip into their bank balance. Paul is full of praise and thanks for their generosity. Yet, he is even more concerned that they gain the Spiritual profit 'that accumulates to their account.' Yes, he continues the financial theme, but it is clear what he means: giving blesses the giver as well as the receiver. Do we feel that when we give? And how does this touch the cost of living crisis?
Prayer. Lord Jesus, touch me into generosity, I pray. Amen.