Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 5, 2013
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed. Thank you
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Jesus said, "Beware of practising your piety before
others in order to be seen by them; for then you have
no reward from your Parent in heaven. So whenever you
give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the
hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets,
so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell
you, they have received their reward. But when you
give alms, do not let your left hand know what your
right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done
in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will
Jesus explains clearly that to give, to pray, and to
fast are "acts of righteousness" (Matthew 6:2-4, 5-15,
16-18). Another translation interprets "acts of
righteousness" to mean to practice your piety.
Reading a variety of translations is helpful for
Jesus is simply telling us not to brag about our
charitable almsgiving or our acts of kindness and
mercy. I sometimes forget there will be a heavenly
reward waiting with my name on it. And my humanness
deeply appreciates being publicly acknowledged for
good that I have done. We all need moments of
affirmation in our lives, but when we do brag and
strut about our piety we lose our heavenly reward.
It is very easy to become a religious hypocrite.
Rather than quietly do good from the heart, it is
extremely tempting to do good in order to receive
public recognition. We may not even know we are doing
this. Our dear heavenly Parent knows what we are doing
even when others do not. And so, we are to wait
patiently for that day of heavenly reward. Every act
of kindness, every charitable act, every time we
quietly give of our abundance, God sees and remembers.
We do not need to sound our own trumpet.
Oh God, help us not be religious hypocrites! And if
we are, help us change into gracious, humble, quiet
doers of good and charitable acts. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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