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First Reading for the Wednesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Summary: Give generously and cheerfully, as God provides abundantly. He will multiply your resources and increase your righteousness, enriching you for all generosity, which results in thanksgiving to God.

The Cheerful Giver

Brothers and sisters, consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written:

He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.

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