This Week at JMPC 10.28.18

In the book, Between Heaven and Mirth, by James Martin, S.J. he tells the story of a barber in a small town. One day a Franciscan monk stops for a haircut. The barber proclaims that he loves the Franciscans and gives the monk the haircut for free. The next day there is a basket of wild flowers from the Franciscans on his doorstep with a thank you note. Later that day a Trappist Monk stops for a haircut. The barber proclaims that he loves the Trappists and gives the monk the haircut for free. The next day there is a basket of Trappist made cheese on his doorstep with a thank you note. Later that day a Jesuit priest comes in for a haircut. The barber proclaims that he loves the Jesuits and gives the priest the haircut for free. The next day the barber opens his shop door and finds ten more Jesuit priests.
 
This silly joke illustrates a problem that sometimes affects our desire to be generous. Sometimes we are thanked. Sometimes we are taken advantage of. But often we are simply overwhelmed with how many people need (or want) our generosity. (If the barber had given the ten Jesuits free haircuts, how many would have showed up the next day? The next?) We are called to be generous, right? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give water to the thirsty, right? But if we read the paper each day we see that the number of people who need these necessities of life is overwhelming. We don’t have the time or the money to get it done. We might simply avert our eyes.
 
Another way to address this issue is the way Jesus did it when he had his disciples use five loaves of bread and two pieces of fish jerky to feed over 5,000 people. Magic? Hardly. A better way? You bet. And it was enough. Come and hear about it Sunday, October 28, 2018 at John McMillan Presbyterian Church at either 8:30 or 11 when Pastor Jeff Preaches “Enough” based on Mark 6: 34-44. We will also collect the Family Estimate of Giving Cards and consecrate them to the work that God has called JMPC to do. We will look forward to seeing you.

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