Today’s Gospel from Mass reminded me once again how simple the basics of Christianity are. Jesus says, “Give, and there will be gifts for you…” calling each of us to consider how we freely correspond to grace and how responsible we are for our growth in holiness and the holiness of those around us as well. Following the way of Christ is not just following a series of teachings and ideas, but rather following Jesus himself, the Way, Truth, and Life. As such we have to be very attentive to what kind of emphasis Jesus puts on the various actions he carries out. In this case, Jesus leads us in giving; as both God and man Jesus is perfect in how he gives himself to us, through the gift of himself to God the Father.
We, too, are called to give ourselves in imitation of Jesus. Let’s look at the different ways we can be more generous with God and others, day by day, throughout the whole season of Lent. We can have many new beginnings with Jesus, and each new beginning is an opportunity to practice generosity, and to receive the continued gifts from the Lord.