This Ash Wednesday we will start the season of Lent, a time of going into the desert, of giving, of donation. In his Lenten message for 2014, Pope Francis tells us that Lent “is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty.“
Fasting itself is a sign of giving, of giving up consuming something that produces a fleeting and momentary pleasure; it is a sign that helps us ask ourselves what shall we do with the product of this fast, because that is the fullest sense of giving: when I give, when I give myself, I am giving something of me to someone who needs it more. I “break” and share myself in imitation of the Lord, Who gave Himself up on the cross for all. Like the seed that dies when it’s put in the soil to produce abundant fruit.
Lent is an invitation to reflect how to give yourself by giving of your time, your talent and your money to those who need it most; those who are at the door, like Lazarus, waiting.
(To be continued)