Robert De Vincenzo, the great Argentine golfer, once won a tournament and after receiving the check and smiling for the cameras, went to the clubhouse and prepared to leave. As he walked alone to his car in the parking lot, he was approached by a young woman. She congratulated him on his victory and then told him that her child was seriously ill and near death. She did not know how she could pay the doctor's bills and hospital expenses. De Vincenzo was touched by her story, took out a pen and endorsed his winning check over to her. “Make some good days for the baby,” he said as he pressed the check into her hand.
The next week he was having lunch in a country club when a Professional Golf Association official came to his table. “Some of the boys in the parking lot last week told me you met a young woman there after you won that tournament.” De Vincenzo nodded. “Well,” said the official, “I have news for you: that woman is a phony. She has no sick baby. She fleeced you, my friend.” De Vincenzo said, “You mean there is no baby who is dying?” “That's right,” said the official. “Well!” said De Vincenzo, “That's the best news I've heard all week!”
De Vincenzo's attitude is reminiscent of the generous spirit that God has shown toward us. He responded to the good news of a baby not sick and dying, rather than the fact that he had been tricked by the woman. Despite mankind taking God's goodness for granted, and despite our repeated failures of sinfulness, God was willing to give us the ultimate sacrifice of His Son. God did so; willingly and gladly, knowing that while most of us would only show disdain for his gift, some of us would respond in obedience motivated by faith and love.
“For Christ, while we were still helpless, yet died at the appointed time for the u godly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find the courage to die. But God proves his love for us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8)”
At Easter we welcome back those who have been away from the Body of Christ (maybe since Christmas). As Disciples we are called to be as generous to others as God was for us. May the realization of what God has given motivate you to respond to Him, and to reach out to others with the same kind of love always. Keep praying! Keep breathing!
Just a Note: Thank you and may God bless all the members of the St. Aidan Music Ministry - choirs, cantors and instrumentalists - who gave so generously of their time, talent and treasure in order to serve for all of the Holy Week liturgies! Please hug a musician today for their hard work, love and dedication to this parish. Thanks so much!