DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
Loving God – Sincerity: There is great rejoicing in heaven and in our hearts, when we give alms in secret, pray privately, and fast joyfully. Jesus in today’s Gospel reminds us that all these deeds must be done with sincere love for Jesus and not for our self-glory. Do these truths of Jesus speak to your heart?
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
Matthew 6:1, 3-4, 6, 17-18
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be careful not to parade your uprightness in public to attract attention; otherwise you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. When you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing. Your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
‘And when you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
‘When you fast, put scent on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.’