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Guest House Daily Reflections

Saint John Damascene,

Pray for us.

Matthew 9:35-10: 1, 5, 6-8

I recall a point of etiquette which says that it is impolite to give away a gift that someone else has given you.  The re-giving of a gift implies that you really didn’t care for it in the first place.  It’s sort of a thanks-but-no-thanks kind of gesture. But when we move from the realm of the social to the spiritual, then it becomes necessary to reverse our way of thinking. Here the exact opposite holds true.  Jesus tells his disciples as he sends them on their first missionary journey: “The gift you have received, give as a gift.”