We are going to start things a little differently. Take a moment, and use the link provided to read today's Gospel from Matthew:
Matthew's Gospel today is a reminder of what we are working towards; why Lent is so important to take part in. There will be a day when the Son will return in glory and time will be up. The question that will remain is where will God place us? With our brothers and sisters who have served God faithfully, acting with love and compassion, or with those who did not seek God first.
Recall the Beatitudes, the "blessed are they's" in Matthew's chapter 5 that promises us the Kingdom of Heaven. In today's Gospel, we hear a similar call for us to do particular things that we know now as the Corporal Acts of Mercy. When we are stumped about how we can give, the Corporal Acts are a great resource for us.
How can we give during Lent? By giving food or drink through alms or actually items. By welcoming new brothers and sisters into the church as RCIA begins the final leg of their journey. We can donate clothes we no longer wear. We can spend time with the sick or in prison physically or communicate with them through other means.
Throughout all of this, we should pray for those who have less but also for those who have more to make time to give. And finally, we can fast by giving up some of our own luxuries to share with another.
Pray for those we give to, fast from luxuries so that we may better share what we have, and give by practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy.