Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 1, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20--6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Recently a wealthy person in the community where I live gave a very
donation to a worthy charity. This was done at a public setting with
attendance and much press coverage. The following day the donation was
news in the papers. However, the water cooler chatter in town was not
great gift this was, but rather that it was a terrible flaunting of
wealth. Many in town believe it was done for the press and recognition
not done from the heart. Sadly, if the gift were meant to be a sincere
contribution from the heart, it will never be viewed that way and it
be better if no one knew about it.
As we start our Lenten journey of renewal on this Ash Wednesday, it is
for us to take a serious look at ourselves and ask why we do the things
do. Do we give our gifts of money and work to be recognized or to share
generously in our blessings to help relieve the suffering of others? Do
pray to be seen as righteous and holy, or to be in full communion with
loving Father who cares for us. When we fast and sacrifice do we do it
seen and pitied, or with joy and a clear conscience?
Jesus tells us in
todayšs Gospel that we should give our gifts in secret, pray in private
hide our fasting and we will be completely repaid by a Father who sees
It boils down to our motives - and if our motives are to bring
us, or build ourselves up, we are certainly in need of some change.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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