Fishing with St. James

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

               Fishing With St. James

The first directive we receive from the Ash Wednesday
Gospel (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18) is “when you give
alms.” The following is from a sermon by Saint Leo the
Great (Pope from 440-461) in the “Office of Readings”.

“Dear friends, what the Christian should be doing at all
times should be done now with greater care and devotion, so
that the Lenten fast enjoined by the apostles may be fulfilled,
not simply by abstinence from food but above all by the renunciation
of sin.

There is no more profitable practice as a companion to
holy and spiritual fasting than that of almsgiving. This embraces
under the single name of mercy many excellent works
of devotion, so that the good intentions of all the faithful may
be of equal value, even where their means are not. The love
that we owe both God and man is always free from any obstacle
that would prevent us from having a good intention.
The angels sang: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to
his people on earth. The person who shows love and compassion
to those in any kind of affliction is blessed, not only with
the virtue of good will but also with the gift of peace.

The works of mercy are innumerable. Their very variety
brings this advantage to those who are true Christians, that
in the matter of almsgiving not only the rich and affluent but
also those of average means and the poor are able to play
their part. Those who are unequal in their capacity to give
can be equal in the love within their hearts.”

This time of fasting opens the gates of heaven to us. Let us
welcome it and pray– that when Easter comes we may share
the joy of the risen Lord.

Fr. Joe Hannappel

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