Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Wednesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Today Jesus instructs us not to be show-offs.  This passage begins with Jesus instructing His disciples: “When you give alms, do it quietly.  If you wish to pray, go into your room and close the door.  Your Father who sees in secret may reward you.”

Jesus also tells his disciples: “When you go fast, don’t look gloomy or sad as the hypocrites do.  They have received their reward.  Instead wash your face and comb your hair.  Then no one will know that you are fasting.  However, your Father will see what you have done and will reward you.

Jesus wants us to realize that our love for God and one another that should direct the choices we make, not our need for attention or status.  Jesus desires that we make good choices for our families, our world, and ourselves.  Today be mindful of the choices you make.  Will they benefit only you or will they benefit the people you love and our world?  


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