But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you. (Luke 11:41 ESV)
This is one of those mysterious sayings of Jesus, of which there are quite many.
What are the things within that Jesus tells us to give as alms?
I am within. My thoughts are. My opinions. My attitudes.
Can these be given as alms? It would seem so. Yes.
But what does it mean to give them as alms? To submit my inner world to God? To let His will happen — as Jesus prays just a little earlier?
And then everything is clean: to the pure everything is pure, to the crooked everything is crooked, as Paul somewhere writes.
Is that what Jesus is saying?