Pressed Down & Shaken


The spice bottle looked full
until I shook it together
and pressed it down.

Then quite a bit more fit in
(& I won’t need to refill it as soon!)

I was reminded of Luke 6:38:

give, and it shall be given to you;
good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
running over

Then I sat down,
picked up today’s readings
(for St. Rita of Cascia),
and read that very passage!

I picked up Caryll Houselander’s The Reed of God,
and came upon the same verse!

I think God’s trying to tell me something…

In context, God is telling us to be generous.

I get that.

But part of generosity
is receiving.

It’s being
pressed down,
shaken together,
to increase my capacity
to receive more.

I’m not fond of being shaken.
I don’t like being pressed.

But God knows I can hold
of the infinite Goodness
with which He wants to fill me
and He doesn’t skimp!

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