Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062018.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”
The Lord wants us to honor and give Him praise in community, but we should not stand out. Making a spectacle of our prayer and fasting is not the way to show the Lord honor. When we do that, we do it to impress others, not the Lord. The Lord sees all that we do, the good and the bad. We do not have to show off for Him to notice us!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, offering you praise and worship is such a joy in community. Sharing your love with others is such a beautiful way to give you honor. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.