Wednesday of 11th week, even numbered year Mercredi de la 11e semaine, annéee paire

“So when you give alms your left hand must not know what your right hand is doing ; your almsgiving must be in secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.”
Monday 4 April 2016

2 R.2,1-14 Ps.30 Mt.6, 1-6, 16-18

Wednesday of 11th week, even numbered year

“Be careful not to parade your uprighteousness in public to attract attention ; otherwise you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give alms do not blow the trumpet before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win human admiration. In truth, I tell you, they have had their reward.”

From a very early age we want to be good, have a lovely image of ourselves, receive recognition from others, from our parents, from our teachers. ’To live as fair people’ is an aspiration in the heart of all, it’s about being someone good.

This aspiration is proposed to us in the name of Jesus, following his calling. And so a whole new path can be opened up for us, it is all about joining our Father who sees in secret, says Jesus. God our Father gives himself in a secret of Love, this is how everything that touches God becomes a fire of Love which is a secret. Prayer, almsgiving, fasting are its fruit, turned into aid to the poor so that the community may live.

"When you pray, do not imitate the hypocrites : they love to say their prayers standing up in the synagogues and at the street corner for people to see them.

In truth I tell you, they have had their reward. But when you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you."

Jesus proposes we live far from other peoples’ gaze. The secret is this place where I can live otherwise, where my being can be expressed differently, where I can encounter differently.

May my heart begins to act from Him alone, for Jesus. My heart finds a space where it can begin to be interiorly.

The mystery of the Infinite Love of God requires a limpidity, a clarity, a pure astonishment in the heart of those who receive it. This limpidity can only be

learned in the relationship of Love, of prayer, with god. The holy Spirit is at work so as to give us this teaching form Jesus who transforms us.

So as to help us enter into this mystery, Mary has given everything to Jesus so that he can form a ’body’ in her, and so be amongst us. It is in this humility and gentleness that Jesus has washed the feet of his disciples, in order to give us an example of his Tenderness.

In the Eucharist, it is his Body He gives us. The Spirit of Love is thus given to us in a practical way so that with Jesus we can walk in the Will of the Father.

“When you are fasting, put scent on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret ; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.”

It is in this new space of preparation for the wedding feast that little by little we take into account the inner life, the secret of Love that dwells within us. And so we have this unique experience of the relationship with another Person, infinitely respectful, who is our Father.

’Your Father present in secret’

It is in this secret of Love of the heart of our Father that Jesus introduces us into patience and waiting. It really is a secret of Love to patiently await the Return of Christ our bridegroom in our hearts.

In the Holy Spirit, Jesus is united to the bride humanity prefigured by Mary. Her children make up the Church. Jesus purifies each on of us in the fire of His life and Blood.

The bride’s concern is to be found in the Holy Spirit. The fire of love already announced in the burning bush that enlightens Moses.

The wedding feast of the Lamb are sealed at the Cross. They are the wedding feast of the Blood which glorify Jesus and which have us enter into his glorification by the Father : ’May they be one Father as you in me and me in you’, says Jesus.

We ask for the grace to allow ourselves to be pacified so as to correspond to God’s Love.