Posted by: livingscripture | June 17, 2015

Eleventh Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing.”   (Mathew 6: 3)

How should we live this Wordimage078- worship

 This expression leads us to think how demanding selfless gratuity really is and how difficult it is to be just!  Not even my body must know and pride itself in a gesture of almsgiving that I perform!  Jesus’ words truly are a double-edged sword, able to insinuate itself into the most hidden and invisible folds of the human soul because, in effect, many generous gestures are not what they seem.  At times, our generosity, even the most genuine, mortifies others and humiliates them because it obliges them to feel they are our debtors.  It is often better to find other ways to be generous and to build the good.

This Gospel passage connects justice and generosity.  The ostentation of gestures of justice is immediate demography, a subtle and hidden blackmail.  And yet, justice and generosity must remain basic values of our relationships and of civil society.  In order to be so, they must go beyond any self-interest or personal gratification.  They must respond to a radical call that comes from others and perhaps inconveniences us and gives us nothing in return.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me have this gratuitous generosity that seeks nothing in return but His good pleasure and the joy of helping others.

Lord, I thank You for those who aid and save unknown people who are dying in the seas, along the streets, in hospitals, and do not make these places a stage to receive praise for themselves.  Multiply those who with gratuitous and invisible gestures are building your Kingdom among us and creating channels of mercy that prolong the mystery of Your salvation in the world.  Help me to be among them.

 The Voice of Paul Sartre, Philosopher

Gratuity is the basic foundation of responsibility inasmuch as for those who choose it without any other motive, it is the only one responsible for their choice.

 

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