Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Psalm 112:1-2, 3-4, 9, & Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Most of us can remember the love and help our fathers have given us. As we grow up, we have pleasant memories of our dads and the good things they did for us. We love them, and we feel close to them. In fact, we wanted to be just like them. Today’s scripture readings invite us to think of God in the same way; as a Father who loves us and wants to do what is best for us. The more we learn to see God as our Father, the closer our relationship with Him will become, and the more we will appreciate His love for us and seek to love Him in return.
In the first reading, we learn from Saint Paul that “God loves a cheerful giver.” Therefore, Paul encourages his readers to give generously, cheerfully, and willingly. He tells them that God will reward those who do so.
The Gospel narrative of Saint Matthew teaches us that we are to act out of love and in a humble manner that does not seek praise or applause. If we do that, then like a good Father, God will reward us. There is an echo of several other stories that Jesus spoke of during His preaching and teaching ministry in this reading. One that immediately comes to mind is the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). The wealthy man was repaid for his hypocrisy, while Lazarus was rewarded for his piety. Thus, we are shown that God, our loving Father, that we are indeed worthy of reward and of His love.
Question of the Day: How will today’s readings help you to see God as a loving Father and help you to look forward to the reward God gives His children, a reward that all of us desire so deeply?
Prayer: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him.”