Mass Readings: 2 Kings 2:1, 6-14/Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

God Respects Humility

It’s sad but true, humility is pretty scarce these days. Whether it’s political rhetoric and posturing, success on the athletic field, or the latest news from Hollywood, the media today exalt those who seek attention, those who strive to live in the limelight. In today’s Gospel, however, Jesus very clearly suggests that His disciples should follow another pattern, that of humility.

Rather than telling people you’re generous, being overtly public about your prayer, or demonstrating to all that you’re fasting, Christ suggests that all of these positive actions should be done in private. It’s human nature to seek recognition for who we are and what we have done well, but the one and only person who needs to know is God. Jesus, the faithful one, will reward us.

Prayer: Father, help me to be more humble in action and in word.