Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 18, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Kings 2:1, 6-14
Psalm 31:20, 21, 24
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In today's Gospel Jesus gives several examples on how to perform righteous deeds, to give alms, pray, and fast. In short He tells us to do it in secret because our Father who is in Heaven sees and knows everything and He will repay us for the good we have done.
Those who do not do good for the sake of good will often do it in a very visible fashion. During the time of Jesus many of these visible traditions to be generous to others for the sake of God were commonplace. Jesus wanted the Jews to know that God is love, and that we are called to share that love with each other. Here as in many other passages Jesus encouraged the Jews to do things for God and not for personal glory.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. (Matthew 6:2)
For every action we do, we should, as Jesus asked of us, ask the question, "Why am I doing this?" If the answer is for the greater good, to love and share with an open heart, then we will truly be free to receive love from God as well as from others. When we freely give of our time and resources with no expectation, then we don't need to stress about what others think, do, or don't do. Giving completely from a loving heart has its rewards. At the time of giving, we may have not always known what the rewards might be-blessedly-for that is not the reason to give. The reason to give is to love our neighbor just as Jesus asked us to.
Today's Gospel reading gives us encouragement because it assures us that God loves us and recompenses us for sharing his love in the way that we need it most.
When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matthew 6:3-4)
- Danielle |
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