Reading 1, Acts 4:32-37

The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the Apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.

Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, sold a piece of property that he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

Responsorial Psalm 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5

R.    (1a) The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

 or:

 R.    Alleluia.

 The LORD is king, in splendor robed; robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.

 R.    The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

 or:

 R.    Alleluia.

 And he has made the world firm, not to be moved. Your throne stands firm from of old; from everlasting you are, O LORD.

 R.    The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

 or:

 R.    Alleluia.

 Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed: holiness befits your house, O LORD, for length of days.

 R.    The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

 or:

 R.    Alleluia.

Alleluia
 John 3:14-15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 The Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

 R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel John 3:7b-15

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered and said to him, ‘How can this happen?” Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

REFLECTION

Charity:  The act of giving to the needy, the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.

This act should be the core of our Christian faith and practice, in giving we should do it not expecting any kind of reward but for the help it renders to the needy.

Who is the needy? And what do we give?

The needy are all around us, from our distance relations to our neighbors and people we meet in our working life, there are human’s like you and I but are less privileged, this are people whom after graduation have no means of livelihood or just lost a job, this category most time fill abandoned, people see their life and fill everything is okay but deep down there are at suicide point, there are passing through pretty hard situation. The needy are the poor, the orphans and those who have no helper and depend 100% on God for their livelihood. The needy are people who are engaged in one evil addiction or the order, addiction that will end up ruin their life’s and send them to hell.

We give what is needed to end permanently or temporally there present predicament, someone in need of a livelihood for example need your connection to get engage in a meaningful employment to bring in income, in giving learn to give so the person in question don’t keep coming back, try setting him/her up to be able to stand up for his/her self, do this with the hope of not getting anything in return, at this point there don’t need much talk, what there need is your action. It is not enough to give alms of 50 naira on the road, what of visiting an orphanage and adopting someone, what of a monthly quarterly  or yearly contributions to the orphanage home, remember when we die it is the charity we give that speak for us not the possessions we have on earth.

Finally others might be very okay financially but spiritually struggling with one addiction or the other, or are in the dark, at this point there need our prayers and consoling.