From my seat near the altar I can see trees in the front of the church and across the road. Last Sunday before the 8:00am service I noticed one of the trees was barely beginning to show some yellow around the edges of some of the leaves. By the 10:00 service the color was more pronounced.
By midweek the tree is full of yellow leaves, a beautiful filter in bright sunlight, and a reflection and promise of light in cloudy weather. Soon, the leaves will fall to the ground or be blown away by the winds we have been having these past few days. I have been aware of the changing of leaves in the fall, but never quite so quickly, over a matter of hours. It was impressive to watch as they were transformed.
The theme for this year’s stewardship campaign is “Transforming
Generosity.” I have been thinking a lot about the play of those two words.
Is Transforming being used as a verb, a word meaning the activity of changing my idea of my own generosity (or lack thereof)? How can I be more generous? How can I give more? Or is Transforming being used as an adjective, meaning that the very act of being generous will change me as a person?
I think, for me, the answer is “Yes.” I am being invited and challenged to transform, or change, how I think about generosity. I may think I am being generous, but are there ways I can be more generous? I am also being invited and challenged to realize the ways being generous can change me and how I view and live in my world, my every day existence.
This Sunday’s gospel is about the healing of blind Bartimeus. “Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed himon the way.” Mark 10:46-52
Imagine what Bartimeus could suddenly see, all around him! Imagine how he was transformed through this generous act of Jesus, and how, by following Jesus, he was part of transforming the world. May it be so for all of us.
Let us pray
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,