COR THOUGHTS 222: Generosity Is Written Into Our Bodies


St. Paul tells us in this weekend’s second reading to conduct ourselves “in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Phil 1:27). What is that way? The other readings show us: generosity. Our God “is generous in forgiving,” says Isaiah in the first reading. And the Gospel parable about the landowner who pays a full day’s wages to the workers who only worked an hour is all about God’s generosity: “Are you envious because I am generous?” Since we’re made in God’s image as male and female, we would expect to see an image of God’s generosity written right into our bodies. And, indeed, we do. God made us sexual beings precisely to enable us to image and participate in the lavishness and generosity of his love. Interestingly, have you ever noticed that the word “eros” is at the center of the word gen-eros-ity? Christ “will be magnified in my body,” as Paul says in the second reading, whenever I live eros as the generous gift of myself for others.