Rev. Eugene Peterson speaks about the discipline of giving when he comments on Deuteronomy 15 by saying: "A preoccupation with self severs us from the organic relationships of loving and being loved, of helping and being helped, of giving and receiving." Within the context of his comments, we read Deuteronomy 15:7-11 out of his MSG translation. "When you happen on someone who's in trouble or needs...don't look the other way pretending you don't see him. Don't keep a tight grip on your purse. No. Look at him, open your purse, lend whatever and as much as he needs. Give freely and spontaneously. Don't have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God's blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures. So I command you: always be generous." Looking for more? Read Deuteronomy 15:1-11 and St. Luke 12:16-21.