Posted by: livingscripture | June 15, 2011

Eleventh Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them…

                             Matthew 6: 1                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

TodayJesus admonishes His disciples to be attentive to the motivations of their actions.  It is so easy to detour from seeking God to seeking self, whether in prayer, almsgiving, fasting, or any other human endeavor. Jesus encourages us to do all the good possible, but in secret in order to have God’s approbation alone.  Yet, it is so easy to fall into self-complacency or to seek the esteem of others!  In Matthew’s preceding chapter, Jesus told us that we need to be perfect as our Father is perfect (5: 48), and now He helps us understand that our relationship with the Father is the source of our being and acting.  In fact, it is only in Him that we can be free, beloved, and happy children, able to bring forth the fruit of goodness toward others.                                                   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will guard against my tendency toward vainglory and the importance I give to the way others see me and judge me.  I will examine my deepest desire honestly, to be a true child of God. 

Lord, I am fragile and sometimes become the slave of the opinions of others.  I do not give You priority in my everyday life.  Open my eyes and heart to the fact that I am Your child in Your Son so that I may live with greater awareness Your presence in me. 

The voice of Pope John Paul II

For Christians, Jesus Christ is the Father’s living Word, unique and definitive.  He is the full manifestation of God to humans and of humans to humans.  In Him our vocation has been revealed, its true dignity and destiny.


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