On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 18, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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We know that God knows our heart and our intentions yet are there times we lose sight? Lose our way and forget? Do we seek approval, recognition even praise from our fellowmen instead of God? Are instant rewards and gratification more important to us then our eternal reward?

Then also do we not see that we cannot hide what is in our hearts or our intentions from all our fellowmen? Some if not most will be able to see through our hypocrisy if we have chosen to walk the wider road. Then what happens? Do we lead them away from God by our actions? Do they turn away both from us and God?

All we will ever need in life is God! And to walk with and towards Him on the narrow path is to strip ourselves bare before Him. Otherwise heavy laden with ourselves and the cares of the world we easily fall off the narrow path to our loving God. Rooted in private, personal prayer, faith and love we will journey on in service of Our Lord, our God who awaits us at the end of the road home. 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 others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

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