FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Wednesday 15 June 2022 11th Week of Ordinary Time
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. (Mt. 6: 3-4)
How shall I live this Word?
In the era of “you exist only if you appear;” “everything you do is true only if it is on social networks;” “you are someone if you have followers;” “to be worth it you must be an influencer.” Jesus asks us to live in humility and silence, making known only to Him the good we do. And this is the reason why, as one sage says, “a falling tree makes more noise than an entire growing forest.” There is so much good, but it makes no noise.
Like Simona who raised her children alone by educating them to respect and kindness. Like Said who lost her life at sea to save two children who were drowning in the waves.
Like Mattia who, at the age of twelve, helps his father who is still young but suffering from precocious and very disabling Alzheimer’s.
Like Matilde who, despite a violent and bad husband, did not withdraw into herself but was always generous with all those who needed her.
The Father will generously reward Simona, Said, Mattia, Matilde, and all the others …
Lord, help me not to be conditioned by the judgment of others and their approval, but teach me to seek my reward only in You.
The Voice of Pope Francis
When we do something right, we are sometimes tempted to want to be appreciated and to have a reward, human glory. But it is a false reward because it projects us towards what others think of us.
Jesus asks us to do good because it is good. He asks us to always feel under the gaze of the heavenly Father and to live in relation to Him, not in relation to the judgment of others.
Living in the presence of the Father is a much deeper joy than worldly glory.
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