Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Secret Place
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be careful not to parade your good deeds before men to attract their notice... your Father who sees all that is done in secret... will reward you.’
Jesus continues His great Sermon on the Mount. Here He is addressing how we are to carry out the three great pillars of Christian living; prayer, fasting and alms-giving. These are not "ifs" but "whens" according to Jesus.
The way for all three NOT to be done is pridefully and publicly. They become authentic Christian acts when they are done with humility and in secret. Only then can I be sure my motive is pure. Only then will my reward be due.
Jesus, you know how I struggle with pride. Help me gain satisfaction from impressing my Father alone.
Little Flower, please pray for me.