Today’s Gospel carry it with you

Posted in Uncategorized by frtonys on June 17, 2020

There are times when we do something good, we want others to see.  We want them to be aware of how good we are.  Why?  Because it feels good to be honored by others.  But Jesus tells us to do the complete opposite.

Jesus tells us that when we do a work of charity, fast or pray we should do it in a hidden way.  In other words, we should not do it so as to be noticed and praised by others.  It’s not that there is anything wrong with others seeing our goodness.  But , Jesus’ teaching goes to the heart of our motivations for our good actions. 

He’s trying to tell us that we should act in a holy way because we want to grow close to God and serve others. This offers us a great opportunity to look honestly at our motivations.  Why do you do what you do? Think about your motivation in doing good things. Hopefully your motivation is because want to serve the will of God.  Are you content with God alone seeing your good actions?  Are you OK with no one else recognizing your acts of love?  Hopefully the answer is “Yes.”

Holiness is especially found in your hidden life. There, where you are seen only by God. You must live a life of virtue, prayer, sacrifice and self-giving when only God sees. If you can live this way in your hidden life, you can also be certain that your hidden life will affect others in a way that only God can do. When you strive for holiness in a hidden way, God sees that and uses it for good. This hidden life of grace becomes the foundation for who you are and how you interact with others. They may not see all you do, but they will be affected by the goodness within your soul.

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