Homily for Wednesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Let your good works not be for earthly reward
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Wednesday, June 19 2019
(Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18) Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus addressed the hypocrites. He noticed that many Jews, including their religious leaders, were doing things more for attention and praise more than sincerity and true charity. Their piety were wanting in essence and authentic desire to communicate with God. Jesus discouraged them to do things only for show.
Praise, attention, and recognition are basic human needs. We want to be important and admired. Our egos are happy to be fed with attention. But praises are not everything. It tends to be selfish and conditional. Jesus stresses that the Christian should possess a pure heart which generates the purest and humblest intentions. Most important is not to take the credit for oneself. We may have done a lot, but everything is grace. We must never forget God’s part in everything we say and do. As the Jesuits will say, “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.” (All For The Greater Glory of God”
Charity, prayer, and sacrifice are unconditional. We do not do them for a reward. They themselves are our own reward. In fact, we are graced in being charitable, prayerful, and making sacrifices. They purify our hearts and make us holy. They maintain our humility thus having a right place and attitude before God.
We have to be alert on this when we make donations, choose Godparents, support a candidate, kneel down to pray, fast, live a simple life, accept and endure pain, and even go to mass. We must guard against prostituting our actions. Rather, we must always adopt a position of gratitude. Let us remember that before we even do anything, God had graced us with everything.