Pray, fast, give alms, all in the secret silence of your heart, offering every effort for the glory of Jesus.


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The message of Jesus in today’s Gospel is simple, straightforward, and clear.

Do what you do because it is the right thing to do. Do not seek recognition or reward for doing what you ought. Just do it.

Pray, fast, give alms, all in the secret silence of your heart, offering every effort for the glory of Jesus. Your reward for doing so will be the certain knowledge that you have done what is right and proper–you have pleased God.

Prayer is not some secret language of fancy phrases; there aren’t any magic formulae to make God hear us, or act upon our requests. When we speak to God in our everyday normal speaking language, we are praying. Jesus prayed constantly and talked a lot about prayer. He knew that prayer releases God’s power into any situation and renews our spiritual strength to handle anything in life. Whenever the pressure on Him became overwhelming, Jesus went to a private place and prayed. But, just as He knew that God was the source of His strength, Jesus knew, equally well, that God is always poised, ready to help us in times of trouble. He may not release us from a trial, but stand with us as we go through it. We may be in dire circumstances; but we should always know that God is there with us. If we really, really trust Him, God has promised that everything will work out for our ultimate welfare.

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