I must confess to being haunted by this line. It corresponds to such an elemental urge to hoard, to hide and to protect. And while I have recently drawn a connection with the circumstances of my own family life, it is one of the wounds that we all bear within ourselves. I know it is the raw material that God works with in leading me along the lifelong path of conversion.
I’m guessing that most of us think we’re more generous than we are. One of the most telling of Jesus’ words is not to let my left hand know what my right hand is doing. It fits nicely with not counting the cost, with putting aside the petty calculations that creep into our relations with one another and cause us to fold into ourselves. As in everything, Jesus is our model and pattern, who wants to break open our hearts to see and to love as he does.
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