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Reflection

Posted: February 13, 2013 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Many are called few are chosen, His wisdom seeks out those willing,  though not without sacrifice. In humility often times we get to witness His overall plan for us, even the roadblocks or disasters we avoided by responding to His call. And even if we do not see, we experience the love, peace and joy that follows.

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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 13, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Do we need the recognition, praise or blessings of our fellow brothers and sisters for doing good works and for our giving to charity? Do we not need the recognition, praise and blessings of God instead? Have we not realised that our vainglory results in a big zero in the heavenly scheme of things?

What is our intention when we pray or fast? Should not our piety to God be for God alone? Why would we want to rob ourselves of the graces and blessings from God when we pray and fast to parade before others, just how holy and pious we are?

Let us pray…..

Dearest sweet Jesus, I begin this Lenten journey by emptying myself of all that is worldly. By my fast let me hunger for your Word and thirst for your Living Water for I know you will fill me up with these. By my good works and charity, teach me humility and let me share in the poverty of others for I know you will provide all that is needed. By my prayers, let me hear your will for me so that I may serve you with all my heart and soul for I know you will always answer. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18

Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. 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. But 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.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”