Sell your possessions, and give alms (ἐλεημοσύνην); provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Lk 12: 33-34)

Give it away, the Lord says to me today. Give “alms” (a corruption of the Greek word “eleimosini,” meaning “mercy” or “pity”). This includes my material possessions, but not exclusively and not even essentially. The kind of “alms” our Lord is talking about (eleimosini) involve a self-giving of the heart; an overflowing of the heart with mercy, pity, and compassion. This kind of giving is the opposite of self-pity, self-seeking, and self-isolation, and it provides me with true wealth “that does not fail.”

Let me turn things around today, replacing dissatisfaction and neediness, which invariably “grow old,” with self-giving mercy. Let me let God put my heart in a safe and light-filled place, where “no thief approaches,” like fears and expectations of others, “and no moth destroys,” like ingratitude and resentment. Let me ask what I can give today, perhaps in very small ways, rather than what I can get. I take my expectations down a notch today, extending mercy to myself and others, because my Lord offers to build with me an unseen treasure beyond my own expectations.


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