Wednesday 20 June 2018
2 Kings 2:1, 6-14. Psalm 30(31):20, 21, 24. Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.
Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord—Psalm 30(31):20, 21, 24.
‘The Lord took Elijah up to heaven in the whirlwind.’
How tempting it is to be admired or envied for our virtue. The desire to be famous or well-liked is seen in the ways people engage with social media.
This contemporary desire for validation and adulation – to live in the spotlight – is reflected in Christ’s words of caution.
To make a spectacle of religious practice in order to make ourselves look good misses the point. God sees what is done in secret, and that’s what matters.
Lord, look into my heart and grant that I may pray without need of an audience and give to others inconspicuously, without desire for reward.