Give up versus Give in something
During last year’s lent, I was inspired by a woman who came to join in our weekly Lenten devotional gathering. The woman told the gathering that she decided to join the group because she wanted to give in something at the opposite of the traditional ways of giving up something during lent.
I had never thought of that! I had always conceived in my mind that lent is a period to give up something. Some (bad) habits – YES! But we can also, like this woman, give in something. In Tobit, we learn that prayer and fasting are good but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness (Tb. 12: 8). And those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life (Tobit 12:9). Almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin. God takes whatever we can offer; time, ability, resources, talent, ideas/insight and multiplies its effectiveness beyond our wildest expectation.
Let us aspire to ‘give in something’, just as we’re also expected to ‘give up something’!