May the Lord give your grace and peace during these Lenten days. It is on 07th March 2023. We reflect on Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 and Matthew 23:1-12.
Have we become experts in doing good?
St. John Paul II, encouraged us saying, “Every day the believer must be able to discern the signs of divine action even when they are hidden by the apparently monotonous, aimless flow of time.”
Doing good is a life task. Without doing good, it is nearly impossible to dialogue with God. Negotiations and endorsements happen with the resources of goodness.
“Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” (Is.1:17).
Is it easy to do good or inspire others to do good? The latter is more challenging than the former. But God demands consistency in what we are and what we do. Learning to do good ceases where there is no obedience to God and the commandments. That is why doing good is a lifelong endeavour. To become good and doing good only during Lent does not do any good in the long run.
Repentance is noticed in the way we do good to others. Again, our humble service to humanity is the only proof of our repentance.
The responsorial Psalm praises, “I will show to the upright the saving power of God.” (Ps.50:23).
Jesus reminds us in the Gospel that all of us in the community match what we preach. We need not impress people around in doing good. Our expression of love needs to be noticed by God and benefited by those in need. Humility is rewarded when we are at the service of humanity. The power is vested in us to do good never to control, boss over, loot and manipulate. “The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Mt.23:12). May the Lord continue to bless us without getting bored and tired of doing good. Have a lovely day. God bless you.