Any Time is the Right Time

Today’s offerings in the Office of Readings speak to one of the pillars of Lent. We’re well past the midpoint of the season, but a timely reminder for renewal is always welcome. As the sainted pope of the fifth century preaches, “Any time is the right time.”

Any time is the right time for works of charity, but these days of Lent provide a special encouragement. Those who want to be present at the Lord’s Passover in holiness of mind and body should seek above all to win this grace, for charity contains all other virtues and covers a multitude of sins. 

Leviticus is not an easy text to set to music, but somehow in my musical Ruth, the Path of Loyalty, I managed a scrap of Leviticus 19:

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not be so thorough that you reap the field to its very edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Likewise, you shall not pick your vineyard bare, nor gather up the grapes that have fallen. These things you shall leave for the poor and the alien. (9-10)

What does it mean? We don’t entirely clean our plates? We don’t pick our pantries clean? 

The image? One of my favorite paintings, James Tissot depicting Ruth in the field, the immigrant alien picking up the harvest leavings.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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