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Begging handsToday Matthew tells us that as Jesus was sending out “the Twelve” to preach and heal, he ended his instructions with a line that seems to me a reminder of the necessity of humility and generosity in all we do – in ministry and in our relationships of every kind. He says, “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” (MT 10:8) Pouring ourselves out, as Jesus did, frees us to live without grasping – for money, for status, for power over anyone or any thing. It is always a risk, of course, for we might end up penniless, powerless and alone. Open hands and open hearts are, however, much more likely to attract abundance than are closed fists or hearts grown cold. Generosity has been shown to be worth the risk. Are we ready?

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