Frassati Reflection: Giving Alms

Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.

—Matthew 25:45

IMG_6994During Lent, we are called in a particular way to serve our neighbor through almsgiving: donating to the poor and performing acts of charity. Almsgiving is not limited to giving of our money; it also can mean giving of our time, attention, and gifts to serve others. We are called to see the light of God in each person we meet and respond with humble service. And when we serve others, we serve Jesus Himself.

You might think that what you have to offer is too small to make a difference in someone’s life, but don’t let that hold you back. It might seem small to you, but it could have a big impact on someone else. Writing a note to someone who is lonely could make their week. The hour you spend at a soup kitchen could give someone invaluable hope and sustenance. Clearing out your closet for donations could provide someone with just what they needed. Channeling the particular gifts you’ve been given—be they music, art, organizational skills, listening, cooking, etc.—and using them in service to God and others will always produce fruit. You’ve been equipped with these gifts precisely so that you can pour them out for others.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Only Jesus can offer a perfect sacrifice; we are called to give what we can, and our paltry offerings will be joined to His. God magnifies our gifts when we offer them back to Him.

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