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DAILY GOSPEL
Thursday, 21st November 2019

Matthew 6, 1-6.16-18

Date posted: June 19, 2019

Let us all remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Gospel: Matthew 6, 1-6.16-18
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,  so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Reflection
In the world that we are living in today, people donate money not for eternal happiness, but for showing off in their feeds and stories. In this gospel for today, Jesus is once again reminding us the rationale and the meaning of prayer, fasting and alms giving. Our church taught us these 3 spiritual actions in order for us to
have an intimate relationship with God. We do these things out of our love for God and other people. If we pray, fast and give alms to put up a show, we lose sight of the real purpose of these actions. Instead o having a close relationship with God, our egos prevent and separate us from his love.

Lasallian Guiding Principle
LGP states that, “reverence for life allows one to lead an example..”. As a Lasallian who is being fed with good moral and spirituality, we can enlighten others. Even a normal person can, for let us all remember that we are the sons of God, meaning that we are all connected to one another. The famous character of the bible “Noah” shows deeply the respect for life. In so many years, Noah served Jesus by all his heart and followed God to saved the animals and the people from harm. Life is a treasure that God provides us, it should be nourished, and people should show some respect from our creator. By building oneself a discipline to follow God, these can lead as to be an example, just like Noah did.

One Heart Prayer
God, our Father, You love us with endless mercy. You call us to be your sons and daughters. You invite us to take care of the Earth, our common home. Lord, grant us a big heart. A heart always willing to love, a compassionate heart for those who suffer, a heart where there is a place for Lasallians all around the world. We make this prayer through the intercession of May, Queen and Mother of the Christian Schools, and through the intercession of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, patron of teachers, Amen.
Our Lady of the Star, pray for us.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
St. Miguel Febres Cordero, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Value: Reverence for Life (Nurturing Life)
Culture Theme: We live with integrity and order in our lives.
Productivity Theme: Honesty, work and personal scheduling
Institutional Common Virtues (ICV)
Week 1: We are punctual and respectful of other people’s time.

Week 2: We exercise prudence.
Week 3: We lead by example.
Week 4: We are men and women of integrity.

Sources:
C. (n.d.). Daily Gospel. Retrieved May 23, 2019, from
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A1-6%2CMatthew+6%3A16-
18&version=NIV

 

 

Prepared: Arce, Juan Miguel. —- 12- Raphael- Louis, Datario, Kristine Caye, Nueva, John Patrick
Action through the DLSMHSI Lasallian Mission and Linkages, Lasallian Formation and Social Action

Our Daily Lasallian Reflection and Prayer is DLSMHSI gift to the Lasallian family for the  2019 Celebration of the Year of Vocation and Tercentenary celebration of the death of our founder SJBDLS.