Pearls of the Word

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by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"And do not forget to do good and to be generous [koinonia], for with such sacrifices God is well pleased" (Hebrews 13:16).

The Greek word koinonia is most often translated by communion, brotherly communion. But it also has the meaning of generosity. In reality generosity is communion with the poor and those who are in need. Generosity is the fruit of grace which shows us the needs of others.

God provides in abundance in order to satisfy our needs and even beyond them so that we can practice generosity towards the most destitute (2 Corinthians 9:8). It is, then, a work of justice (of the Kingdom of God) which holds eternal value (Psalm 112:9).