A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.
Just as you are rich in every respect, in faith and discourse, in knowledge, in total concern, and in the love we inspired in you, you may also abound in this work of grace. You are well acquainted with the favor shown by our Savior Jesus Christ, who, though rich, became poor for your sake, so that you might become rich by Christ’s poverty. This does not mean that to give relief to others you ought to make things difficult for yourselves; it is a question of balancing what happens to be your surplus now against their present need, and one day they may have something to spare that will supply your own need. That is how we strike a balance, as Scripture says: “The one who gathered much had no excess, and the one who gathered little did not go short.”
The Word of God recorded in the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.