Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071815.cfm
The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
Jesus did all these things and wanted them kept secret. He tells us that we must do His work without boasting of what we have done. Do you give to receive accolades or do you give because He wants you to help others?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, sometimes it is not easy to do things in secret, but hiding what I do is what you want. In Jesus’ holy name, I pray for that grace, Amen.
His mercy endures forever, Alleluia!