FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
16 JUNE 2021 Wednesday 11
WORD of the DAY
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.” (Mt 5: 1-6/16-18)
How shall I live this Word?
Knowing that it is of a sacred preciousness, we all guard with care and jealousy the most intimate part of our person: a place inaccessible to everyone, sometimes even to ourselves, of which we can hardly say that it exists. The Gospel tells us that even this deep recess of our being is under God’s gaze. God, by appealing to our condescension, can become a welcome guest. Blessed are those who let themselves be enveloped by the love of a God who penetrates where no one can arrive. Blessed those who recognize themselves inhabited by Him. Blessed those who in their heart do not feel judged but welcomed and understood. This luminous awareness of a mysterious, discreet presence of God in our life can give us the strength necessary to react to the conditioning and fascination of a world bound by appearances and vanity.
For my personal prayer today I will choose a biblical phrase and inwardly I will often repeat it to myself, even during the activities of the day, almost assimilating it to the beating of my heart and reminding me of the presence of God.
The Voice of St. Francis de Sales
Whatever course the ship takes, whether it sails west or east, towards south or north, whatever the wind that pushes it, the compass needle will always be pointing to the beautiful star and the pole. Even if everything were to turn upside down not only around us, but also within us, in spite of everything, forever and constantly, the tip of our heart, our spirit, our superior will, which is our compass, must look non-stop and tend steadily towards the love of God its Creator, Savior, only and supreme good.