June 17, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 11th Week in Ordinary Time
2 Cor 9:6 – 11 / Mt 6:1 - 6, 16 - 18
Reading: 2 Cor 9:6 – 11
Remember: the one who sows meagerly will reap meagerly, and there shall be generous harvests for the one who sows generously. Each of you should give as you decided personally, and not reluctantly as if obliged. God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to fill you with every good thing, so that you have enough of everything at all times, and may give abundantly for any good work.
Scripture says: He distributed, he gave to the poor, his good works last forever. God who provides the sower with seed will also provide him with the bread he eats. He will multiply the seed for you and also increase the interests of your good works. Become rich in every way, and give abundantly. What you give will become, through us, a thanksgiving to God.
Gospel: Mt 6: 1- 6, 16 - 18
Jesus said, "Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven. When you give something to the poor, do not have it trumpeted before you, as do those who want to be seen in the synagogues and in the streets in order to be praised by the people. I assure you, they have been already paid in full. . . .
"When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is with you in secret; and your Father who sees what is kept secret will reward you. . . .
"When you fast, do not put on a miserable face as do the hypocrites. . . . When you fast, wash your face and make yourself look cheerful, because you are not fasting for appearances or for people, but for your Father who sees beyond appearances. . . ."
There is always a tendency and a temptation to show off. People wish to show what they are and what they have. Marketing strategists understand and take advantage of this. To sell, they make us believe that their products will be useful for us, will improve our lives and will make us look or become better people. Their products will improve our appearance and looks, our intelligence, prestige and standing in society.
Appearing good and important is very important for most people. It gives people the respect of others; it gives them honor and builds up their ego.
The Gospel reading today teaches values very different from the common values and priorities of the world we live in. The reading challenges us not to live for the public and the now but to live for God and the thereafter. "Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven." "When you give something to the poor, do not have it trumpeted before you . . ." "When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is with you in secret and your Father who sees what is secret will reward you."
We are challenged to change our way of thinking and acting. When we try to please others, we may do so at the expense of our duty to please God. When our priority is the praise of others around us, we put God aside.
Let us not lose heart when we do good deeds but are not acknowledged by other people. We should be very content that God sees and rewards even the smallest good deed we do. That, after all, is what really matters.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
DANTE & MARIZA CENIDO
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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