The Heaven will Affirm

The Heaven will Affirm

June 20, 2018
Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

The Gospel Today
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.”

Reflection (Sem. Lester John D. Cabais)

The Church reminds and encourages us to do charitable works especially to the poor and the less fortunate. It is also a great avenue of introducing Christ in the lives of the people we are trying to help. Good works are results of how the Spirit of God manifests in us. As Christians, we are given both gifts and fruits of the Spirit – manifestations that will tell the world of Christ’s love. By being charitable, we declare to the world who we are serving and that is no other than Christ, our Lord. We also extend the kingdom of God to those who are hateful, distrustful and broken. We carry them and make them feel that they are also loved by God.

Helping someone elicits a wonderful feeling more on the part of the giver and it gives joy when we are recognized because of our good works. We always desire for affirmation as it recognizes our personality and our self-esteem. In some buildings and institutions we could see the names of people who made a valuable contribution in their construction. We also usually see politicians donating or distributing goods in a disaster relief operations while having live media coverage around him.

Christ reminds us to keep in secret every good works that we are doing for our brethren. Whenever we do charitable works, let our Father in heaven do the affirmation and not the other people. It is an invitation for us not to sing our praises but let God reward us for the mighty deeds we extended to others. May we continue to be charitable without waiting something in return. May they bear fruits in eternity.

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