Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Reflection – God is Man’s Beautifier

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Reflection ~

What Jesus speaks of reminds me of a haunting verse from the song Grace – “Grace makes beauty out of ugly things.” Among other things, private prayer and fasting exposes the interior unknowns of the ugly things of our heart and mind to consider. Our Father’s response to our prayer and secret sacrifices can yield generous wisps of undeserved Grace far beyond our ability to humbly express its joy. For me, this is proof that God is man’s beautifier.

 

Jesus Discourses with His Disciples James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumJesus Discourses with His Disciples, James Tissot. Brooklyn Museum

 

Additional Lenten Reflections

Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

 

Matthew 6  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

 Concerning Almsgiving

“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father 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 reward you.

Concerning Prayer

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Concerning Fasting

16 “And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.