Vocation Meditation

posted Feb 28, 2012, 1:02 PM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
"Take Care Not to Perform Righteous Deeds in Order that People May See Them." Good things can be done for the wrong reason. What leads us to parade our good works before others is vanity and pride; we like to be seen, taken into account, praised and accepted by others. It is easier to do the externals than to work on the interior change Christ wants us to make, because whatever difficulty the external act implies is amply rewarded by the opinion others have of me or my own good feelings about myself. This can even be true of our prayer and acts of charity. Therefore Christ asks us to give alms, pray and fast out of love for God and not to be seen, he actually encourages
us to choose to do them in a way that we won’t be noticed. This does not mean that he wants us to hide the fact that we are his disciples, for he also said that he would deny before his Father those who denied him before men. So he is not encouraging a false religious modesty, which causes us always to hide our faith and can be an excuse for human respect. Christians are also called to be the light of the world. Lord, give me the necessary grace to turn away from sin and to follow you with a sincere heart. Let everything I do be out of love of you and my neighbor, so that in seeking you, you will be my reward.