From today’s Gospel reading, from St Luke: ‘give for alms those things which are within …’. What might this mean? The ‘spiritual works of mercy’ come to mind. These are: to instruct the ignorant; to counsel the doubtful; to admonish the sinner; to bear wrongs patiently; to forgive offences willingly; to comfort the afflicted; and to pray for the living and the dead.

All of these have their basis in Sacred Scripture, and can be trusted. Perhaps we can choose just one, to exercise this day, and may God bless you in this act of spiritual almsgiving.