As we continue our journey through Lent, perhaps we should keep in mind we also journey with Lent. We don't only find our way to Jerusalem with a single minded focus on the end. We travel as companions with Jesus. However the solitude of praying and fasting is practiced along this journey, we cannot be in solitude about alms giving. I suppose we could do that Lenten discipline by writing a check to some charitable group. Or making an on-line donation with a debit card. Even dropping off clothes at a mission or thrift store would qualify as alms giving. Alas, I'm not sure Jesus had that in mind when he commended to us giving to the poor. I know times change and mechanisms for charitable giving change with the times. Now I return to the idea of not making our journey only through Lent, but with Lent. The poor we always have with us. Jesus tells us this sober truth. As he make his way to Jerusalem, the poor are with him all along the way. Right next to us. I wonder how that proximity would effect our sharing? Our generosity? How often are we "in touch" with the poor? How often do we travel with them? Lent is for the poor as much as for us. Let us journey with them as well as with the Lord.
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