18 Jun Rewards in Heaven (Mt 6:1) by Kevin McNicholas
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.” ~ Mt 6:1 (full readings)
Kevin’s Reflections: Today’s readings could inspire volumes to be written about them! Elijah and Elisha had an incredible Faith, and through that Faith, they served God and He created awesome miracles through their intercession on earth. Elijah was a great Servant of God, and was taken up into Heaven in a whirlwind. This was God demonstrating His Love and Mercy for His servant, who had served and trusted God without fail during his life. In the Gospel, Jesus talked about demonstrating humility in our giving. I have known fantastically generous people who have given so much in the service of others, and have expected to be acknowledged and celebrated in their honor. Jesus tells us that the good that we do without others’ knowledge will be rewarded in Heaven, more specifically, the good that we do for God, rather than for human praise or attention. If we receive an earthly reward, our grace is diminished in Heaven. If we do good in God’s service for Him and Him alone, He will richly bless us. This is the reward worth waiting for, to hear at the end of our lives “well done, My good and faithful servant!”
* Kevin is a School Social Worker in Southern Illinois. He and his wife Laura have been blessed with two miracles: a 20 month old daughter named Elliana (“the Lord Answers”) and a 2 month old son named Jeremiah (“God is Exalted”). They have been blessed during the 8 years of their marriage to travel to Catholic pilgrimage sites worldwide, as well as to serve as Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat leaders.
Faith Challenge: Pray for humility and the grace to do good for God alone.
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