“ 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. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward”. The reading today introduces the three chief acts of Jewish piety – almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. In each act the logical structure is the same :
1. A warning not to do the act to be praised by human beings,
2. Instruction on how to perform the act of piety secretly, and
3. The assurance that the Father who sees in secret will reward openly.
Pope Francis : “No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by an advantage to others.” The picture above suggests fasting that can benefit our planet. Matthew 6:1-6
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