Monday of the 1st Week of Lent

“Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 26:40.

What do you give the man who has everything?  Jesus is the Son of God.  Not only does He have everything, He’s given us everything.  All that we are, all that we have, all that we ever will be is a gift from God.  How do you repay such generosity?  The answer is that you can’t.  God can never be outdone in generosity.  But we can give it our best shot and He’s told us what to do.

“Love one another.”  “Whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” We repay Him by taking care of each other.  How we do it is up to each of us.  We all have been given gifts, different though they may be.  We have different talents and we have different amounts of treasure.  As the story goes, the widow who gave her last penny gave the most of all.

So, as we reflect and ponder during these forty days, we should spend at least a little time considering the best way to do for the least of Jesus’ brothers (and sisters).  Whether we give our time, our talent, or our treasure, it would be well to remember that whatever we share isn’t really ours anyway.  It’s all been given freely to us by a loving God and sharing with others is the least that we can do.

 

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