I assure you, they have their reward.
If you give something to the poor, do not let your left If you give something to the poor, do not let your left hand
know what your right hand is doing, so that your gift remains really secret. Your Father, who sees what is kept
secret, will reward you.
When you pray, do not be like those who want to be When you pray, do not be like those who want to be noticed.
They love to stand and pray in the synagogues oron street corners, in order to be seen by everyone. I assure you,
they have their reward. When you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is with you
in secret; and your Father who sees what is kept secret will reward you.
When you fast, do not put on a miserable face, as do When you fast, do not put on a miserable face, as dothe
hypocrites. They put on a gloomy face, so that people can see they are fasting. I tell you this: they have been paid in
full already. When you fast, wash your face and make yourself look cheerful, because you are not fasting for appearances
or for people, but for your Father, who seesbeyond appearances. And your Father, who sees what is kept secret,
will reward you.
There was a time we were deeply ashamed and angry atthe violation of personal space if someone read our private diaries.
However, in this age of social media, we love to publicize every thought, feeling, or action ofours—be it via Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.—and we are heartbroken if a size ablenumber of people hasn’t seen,read, or “liked” it! Whereas the
social media is a blessing in many ways, one cannot but wonder ifit hasn’t overfed our narcissistic impulses, to the point of even
hurting others. Even within the Church, there is an increasing tendency to publicize every little good we do. Imagine publishing a
photo of some poor students receiving donated clothes, with these students having to face their peers in schools with the label
“the poor”! The necessityof documentation of charitable works is understandable; but if and when it amounts tonarcissistic
chest-thumping or worse, to poverty-porn that humiliates the poor and the needy, we are violating the Gospel.
© Copyright Bible Diary 2022
June 15, 2022
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Be careful not to make a show of your good deeds Be careful not to make a show of your
good deedsbefore people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven.
When you give something to the poor,do not have it trumpeted before you, as do those who
want to be noticed in the synagogues and in the streets, in order to be praised by people.