I’m reminded of the witness of St. Francis of Assisi today. In Christ poverty is made holy. Our lack provides the space for God’s Holy Spirit to fill us. It is a hard way, but was it Catherine of Siena who said, “All the way to heaven is heaven for He is with us all the way”? It is hard to give gifts to the poor because there are never enough gifts. There is never enough money. And I’m sure I’m nearly always giving with some selfishness involved. In the end the question of poverty is less about the lack and more about the what for. For Francis the answer was in Jesus’ words. Jesus said to sell all, so he did. Jesus said “Blessed are the poor” so Francis found the blessing in it. “Man shall not live by bread alone,” so Francis enjoyed hunger. Today is Wednesday, the day of our weekly fast. So in my hunger, in my lack, in our need, I offer back to God the sacrifice of praise for all His benefits in Christ.


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