Wednesday 21 June 2017

About Today Readings

St Aloysius Gonzaga.
2 Corinthians 9:6-11. Psalms 111(112):1-4, 9. Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

Happy are those who fear the Lord — Psalms 111(112):1-4, 9.

‘Happy are those who fear the Lord.’

The Sermon on the Mount requires a lot of digesting. Today’s section of it gives us three acts of religion: almsgiving, prayer and fasting. One suspects that good people observe the Lord’s instructions about these quite well. We perform these practices of religion in the sight of a God we do not see and who is known by faith. We perform them in trusting hope that the relationship we have with God, presently hidden, will one day be revealed in full glory and splendour.

Let us take time to tell Jesus or Mary how we are moved by this promise: ‘Your Father, who sees all that is done in secret, will reward you.’

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