Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16:21
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.
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.
For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.
Righteous God, we bring our failures in
caring, helping, and loving, we bring the
pain we have caused others, we bring
the injustice in society of which we are
a part, to the transforming power of your grace.
Grant us the courage to accept the
healing you offer and to turn again
toward the sunrise of your reign, that
we may walk with you in the promise of
peace you have willed for all the
children of the earth, and have made
known to us in Christ Jesus.
JOIN THE DANCE!
- What are our motivations to give alms?
- Why do people intentionally do good deeds in front of others?