GIVING ALMS

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

 

OUR THEME FOR 2015

(Part 6)

 

GIVING ALMS

 

October 14, 2014

Today’s gospel:  Luke 11:37-41

 

 

Many Christians are legalistic in their observance of faith, but are basically just going through the correct motions, but without the appropriate interior disposition. Many Catholics in fact, including those who go to Sunday Mass and receive communion, are into serious sin. They are Pharisaic and hypocritical. “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.” (v.39).

In this, they deceive themselves into thinking that they are pleasing to God. But God sees not what is superficial but what is within. As such, they stand condemned. “You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?” (v.40).

What is one powerful way by which we can be clean inside, that is, holy? It is to give alms. “But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.” (v.41). Giving alms touches what is in the depth of our being, because it is being loving and considerate of the least, those who are nobodies, those who have nothing to give us in return. The world neglects and disdains the poor, as they seem to be of no use but are instead a burden to society. Thus those who care for the poor manifest the highest form of love, akin to loving one’s enemy. As what we do for the least of our brethren is also what we do to Christ, then we can be assured that we are well on our way to holiness. We are made clean.

Just be sincere and do not help the poor just for show or for some hidden agenda. Otherwise, you would still be Pharisaic. And you would be a fool.

 

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