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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 ;

Psalm 112:1-4, 9;

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."

 

 Don’t Trumpet Your Service

 

Jesus tells us that when we do any service to others we should not make it a public show. Do service in private. Why does Jesus say so?


There can be many reasons:


1.   First of all, all that we are and all that we have in our life are His merciful gifts. “You have received freely, so give freely”, says the Gospel. He has given all these gifts to us without any show at different moments in our life.  When we ourselves are thus receivers of God’s favours, why should we trumpet a small service that we do to others?


2.   In reality, we do not possess anything at all, everything belongs to God. How can we pretend to give that which we do not have? Psalm 24: 1 says, “The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and those who dwell therein”. Again Psalm 50 says , “The world and all that is in it is mine”.


3.   If the act of giving renders one extra credit, fame and hounour, the act of receiving makes one humble. Humility is needed to receive. Giver can be proud, but the receiver always feels humbled. So do not make one who is already humble, humiliated.


4.   When we make public the service we do , we are appreciated by the people and in this way we are rewarded, and our ego is satisfied. Jesus asks us not to count on human rewards, but on the heavenly reward that will be deposited in heaven and which will be poured out on us on crucial moments in our life in the form of his merciful graces. Desire for the reward of eternity.


Dr. Jacob Marangattu CMI


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