June 19, 2013

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 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.”

Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):

Doing good should come from good motivation and intentions. The Gospel reminds us that to do good deeds is for the greater glory of God and not just for getting praise and to uplift by the others. Praying in our own room, closing the door and pray secretly means that if were going to pray it should be coming from our heart.

Here in the seminary one of our formators reminded us that “compliance is more evil than disobedience”. We are invited in the formation of not just doing all the activities just to comply and to satisfied the formators. We are reminding us that everything we do whether it is big or small we should done it with excellence and distinction. In our different coordinatorship in the seminary it is an invitation that we are never be a coordinator for the position but for the service. It does not rely on what we accomplish but on how we accomplished it. Like in the Gospel in giving alms, doing our prayer and even fasting we need to check our heart in doing it.

I remember when I was in first year in which there are lot of activities especially I’m the arts and program coordinator. I experienced then how to finish all my assigned duty early in the morning with the help of my assistant, we learned to always offer it to the lord not just for the community.  The Gospel is inviting us that no matter what we do, duties, prayers, fasting and almsgiving or even responsibilities we do them for the greater glory of God.

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