Daily Reflection for Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Peace and blessing, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Responsorial: Psalm 112:1bc,2, 3-4, 9
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Our reflection on Wednesday's readings:
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.” Matthew 6:1
Today's gospel makes me ask the question, “What forms my behavior?” Is it fear, greed, lust or need for attention and approval? Is it love, loyalty, hope and faith? For me it has been a mixture of all of these, and I have to regularly ask the Lord to guide and improve me so I can be closer to him.
Then I asked the question, "For whom am I behaving?” If my behavior comes out of my own selfishness, this will end in my being unsatisfied and lonely. If my behavior is for the approval of others, I will likely end up feeling resentful and that I am not enough to garner the love I seek. But if my behavior is in response to God's incredible love for me, evidenced through Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit, then I am on a path that gives me a foretaste of Heaven, and then I better understand the words, "Thy Kingdom come.”
Yet even in my attempts to love God, selfishness and fear can cause my efforts to end in frustration and emptiness. I believe only when I remember--as I worship, serve, or love--that I am responding to first being loved deeply by the Father just as I am, only then do my efforts bring the satisfaction and connection with the Lord that builds my spirit and restores my soul. Selfishness leads to never getting enough, selflessly giving myself up for the approval of others leads me to exhaustion and feeling I am not worthy enough. Only as I respond to the life-giving love of the Father as I know him in Jesus and through the Holy Spirit, am I led toward the eternal promise of new and everlasting life.
Lord, help us all to remember there is nothing we can do to make you love us more. Take us to the place of humility and openness to know the fullness of your love for each one of us. Amen.