MY daily reflection and prayer:
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Jesus Christ says, “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
In every tradition, almsgiving, prayer, and fasting are considered as the cordial works of the religious life. These are the three great pillars on which the holy life is based. We do it first of all to give glory to God that we may holy and good people.
But Jesus Christ warns us and makes us understand that true piety is something more than feeling good. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit that enables us to devote our lives to God with a holy desire and to glorify him in all our deed.
That we give alms, pray and fast, it is an attitude of worship and obedience so we are to be in communion with our Father. All we do that we find the fulness of life, happiness, and love. We are then completely united to God.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship God in Jesus Christ who rewards those who seek him with humble and repentant hearts. He will renew us perpetually and will give us new hearts of love and compassion that we may serve him lovingly and our neighbor, especially the poor, with generous hearts.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we want to grow in our love for God and for our neighbor. So we seek you expectantly in prayer and with fasting that we can give alms in generous to the poor. Fill our hearts with compassion for others, especially those in need, the poor, now and forever. Amen.
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