This line from the responsorial psalm made me stop. I was especially struck by the word “lends.” Notice, there is no direct object following “lends.” The psalm doesn’t tell us what the person lends. That caused me to reflect on the kind of things we can lend to other people. We can lend an ear, lend an arm, lend some money, lend a helping hand, lend a tool or helpful gadget. The list goes on.
Lending is important because it involves mutual trust. The lender is entrusting something to the person who asks. The person who asks trusts that the lender will say “yes.” Lending also nurtures relationships. It creates a bond between the two parties. We must remember, though, that it is often easier to lend things rather than to lend our time and attention.
Look around today. Is there something you might lend to someone else—even before being asked? If so, lend. And do so graciously.
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