"All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need." (Acts 2:44--45)
Sharing is something we, as caregivers, do every day. Sometimes it is like our mothers taught us -- when you share something one person cuts it and the other person gets first choice. Sometimes it is sharing everything -- our time, our home, our 'free time.' Sometimes, like in this reading, we have "all things in common." (v. 44) No matter which way, or how much, we are already sharing but is God asking us to do more.
Each of us also has skills, gifts and talents we share -- some "just" taking care of the receiver is a skill to share (health care workers being one example) -- but some also are sharing sewing, knitting, cooking and other skills even as they are being caregivers. "As any had need" can even, when we are really busy and very tired, make us wonder who is sharing with us? We also wonder about how we might be able to share even more......
This brings the skills each of us has to mind........ Those who do know how to do needlework (sewing, knitting, crochet) can be making prayer shawls, quilts, scarfs, and even masks while spending time in prayer. Those who actually understand the technology can be helping keep people in touch with loved ones during this "shelter in place." Those who are good at cooking can be, at least, explaining to the beginners if not actually helping with the cooking.
How is God asking you to share your gifts and talents? How is God asking us to be there as "any had need"?
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