I have been subscribed to a daily bible reading that comes to my email inbox for close to 10 years? Lately, I have just been reading the gospel on my Laudate app from my iPhone, so I have been distractedly deleting the emails for a while. This morning, for some reason, I felt the urge to read the gospel and commentary waiting patiently in my inbox. :)
Here it is:
The gospel reading for today is:
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (To the Greater Glory of God) For: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 28th Week in Ordinary Time Optional Memorial: St John XXIII, Pope From: Luke 11:37-41 The Hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees ----------------------------------------------------------------  While He (Jesus) was speaking, a Pharisee asked Him to dine with Him; so He went in and sat at table.  The Pharisee was astonished to see that He did not first wash before dinner.  And the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of extortion and wickedness.  You fools! Did not He who made the outside make the in- side also?  But give for alms those things which are within; and behold every- thing is clean for you."
At the very end of the commentary (which is from the Navarre Bible, highly recommend!), here is the nugget
"In an address to young people, Bl. John Paul II explained what almsgiving really meant: "The Greek word for alms, "eleemosyne", comes from "eleos", meaning compassion and mercy. Various circumstances have combined to change this meaning so that almsgiving is often regarded as a cold act, with no love in it. But almsgiving in the proper sense means realizing the needs of others and letting them share in one's own goods. Who would say that there will not always be others who need help, especially spiritual help, support, consolation, fraternity, love? The world is always very poor, as far as love is concerned" (28 March 1979)."
May I try harder to see Christ in others and show my love each and every moment of the day,
especially to those I see daily. Amen.