Matilda was born into a wealthy, important family in Denmark. She was raised in a convent, where she learned to love Jesus first and foremost. Then she married into another important family – in fact, her husband became king of Germany. Matilda always gave generously to the poor. After her son, Otto the Great, became king, he and his brother Henry fought about the crown. She solved the problem by getting Otto to make Henry a duke. Then both of them started complaining about how generous she was in giving to the poor, so she left all her possessions with them and moved away. In time, the brothers realized their mother was right and apologized.
There is a saying, “You can never out-give God.” This is true, because everything we have, comes from God. Matilda understood this and looked upon all the riches she had as coming from God – hers to manage and hers to give away, but not hers to keep. Lent is a time for giving. So today, find a way to give generously. Give away something you thought you could never go without. Or, if you are going to a parish fish-fry fundraiser, give a little extra on top of the going rate.