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When you pray, fast, and give alms

Hebrews 7:25: Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
  Let us Pray ...
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Heavenly Father, We thank you and we praise you for your son Jesus, whom we love. You sacrificed heaven for us. You gave up dignity to redeem us. You destroyed death to assure us. But today, we are most thankful and most aware that every prayer we offer and every step we take you are in the Father's presence to bless us. Thank you. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (June 15, 2011)
Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: 2 Cor 9:6-11
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 112:1bc-2,3-4,9
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 6:1-6,16-18)
True piety is incredible than feeling good or looking sacred. True piety is loving devotion to Heavenly Father. It is an approach of awe, reverence, worship and obedience. It is a gift and working of the Holy Spirit that allow us to dedicate our lives to God with a holy wish to please him in all things. The Jews considered these three are the basic works of the religious life. Why did Jesus single out prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for his followers? These were seen as the key symbols of a pious person, the three great pillars on which the good life was founded. Jesus pointed to the heart of the matter. Why do you pray, fast, and give alms? To draw attention to yourself so that others may notice and think greatly of you? Or give glory and praise to God? The Lord cautioned his disciples of self-seeking splendor - the preoccupation with looking excellent and seeking admire from others. Do we want to cultivate in our love for God and for our neighbor? Seek him hopefully in prayer, with fasting, and in liberal giving to those in need.
(Tomorrow is Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time)


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