For God’s Eyes Only

Matthew 6:1-6;16-18
2 Kings 2:1,6-14 / Ps 31:20,21,24

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)

When we part with our possession
Our gift is but a fleeting token,
But given with humble intention,
By God ‘twill never be forgotten.

(Jesus said), “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1-6,16-18)

Reflection

When one decides to become a full-time giver, the opportunity to be charitable will constantly knock at his door. And one does not get tired of being God’s instrument of generosity, because giving becomes its own reward. And it is actually one of the most basic principles in life’s natural order of things. Trees propagate their kind by giving freely of their fruits. So do flowers of their nectar to bees. As the famous poet, Khalil Gibran wrote, “They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.”

Like the trees, the flowers and the bees, there are individuals who give secretly and freely of themselves, not their money or material possessions, but a portion of their very life – their blood. They donate regularly to the Red Cross or D.O.H. Blood Center, because they know that this precious commodity is always in short supply, and at times very hard to come by, especially for patients with type AB blood. They save lives, but they make no fuss about it. They belong to that rare breed of givers called “galloners”, (only 8% of the population), who are happy with the thought that they are blessed in being given the opportunity to imitate our Lord, Jesus Christ, Who shed His Blood on the cross for the salvation of many.

Perfect giving, as our Lord teaches us, expects nothing in return, and must be done in secret. God loves a cheerful giver, and all the more so a humble one.

God has blessed us immensely in our loved ones, genuine friends in the Brotherhood, health, talents, wisdom, and other fruit of the Spirit, plus the gift of generosity. For all these, how can we not show our gratitude to God by giving fully of ourselves to others? It should only be the most natural thing to do.

We thank You, Lord God, for Your gift of generosity. Grant us also the grace of humility, so that all our works may be pleasing to You. Amen.

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