I didn’t read the readings today, but I watched the reflection on the gospel. You can watch it here if you want to…REFLECTIONS
It was the message that we hear at the end of the gospel today when Jesus says, “But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.” (Luke 11:41 NABRE) Whatever we feel convicted about today, as far as our sinfulness, we can make up for it by giving alms. It is still a good idea to make it to confession at your earliest opportunity, but regardless of how off base we have been in our understanding of our following the will of God, we know that Jesus has given us a way out.
Obviously, it is not good to make plans to give alms because we know we will disregard the will of God. However, when we realize that we have fallen short, which we will, it is important to know that there is a path to repentance that should include a radical look at the needs of others.
Finally, it is not enough just to give alms, but we must plan on making the world a better place through our work and our ministry. This video I found makes a bridge from my last post about modesty and lust, as well as what else we must do besides give alms to make up for the wrongs that have been done to society.