“Your father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you”

Matthew 6:4

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

2 Kings 2:1,6-14; Psalm 30(31):20,21,24; Matthew 6:1-6,16-18.

Today Jesus gives us a warning, not to seek people’s admiration by making known what we do for God. In our time where corruption, self-centeredness and greed no longer shock us, I find this warning relevant. In the world things are done to “help those in need and service delivery to communities”, only to discover large amounts of funding stolen.

Why have we gotten so greedy and selfish? Do we give as means of showing off and getting recognized by those of class? Today, God calls us to labour in secret, not to make a spectacle of our good deeds.

In the second book of Kings, Elijah is taken up to heaven. This takes place in the presence of one witness (Elisha). God rewarded Elijah’s good deeds in secret. What does this mean to me? Perhaps it means the good that I do for others need not be known by the world but is only God. Maybe my intentions for helping others need to remain purely those of lending a hand and not for fame or receiving praise.

We are called especially at this time of the pandemic, where more families have gone hungry because the breadwinners have lost jobs to give wholeheartedly and with love without seeking praises. How do we keep to God’s teaching and work without any expectations and selfish intentions?


I pray that I learn always to put you before my own personal gains. That I may learn to count my blessings and to give without expectations.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo is an intern at the Jesuit Institute, specialising in Ignatian Spirituality.

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