Self Righteousness is not God’s Righteousness

Wednesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time
June 19 Wednesday

Today‘s Readings:

2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Ps 112:1b-4, 9
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.

When I met Jesus for the first time , I was so careful in my actions that I may not hurt Jesus in every small things of my life. Freinds and family of mine gave me many names but I knew by doing this the joy and peace and consolation which I was receiving from the Lord was abundant and he was faithful in every area of my life.

As I was growing in my spiritual life, the first love started fading without my knowledge but some kind of self righteous behaviour started developing in me. I was doing same things like before, but at first I was doing it for love of the Lord but later I was doing it to become righteous and holy.

When we focus our life on Jesus and live for him , our righteousness or holiness becomes his righteousness or his holiness but when we focus our life to ourself and try to copy him or his words literally like a Worldly model then our righteousness turns out to be a false righteousness or self righteousness. This is the reason we repeat prayers, bye heart the Scriptures, increase our alms exactly as per the writren Word of God, fast meticulously, attend Mass, bury the dead so on.

God looks at our heart and not what we have done in action. If we have done all the above in the love of God and our Neighbour , then the Lord will reward us in hundred fold. But if we have done these things to become self righteous or ritualistic or on compulsion or as an obligation or formality then we will not be compensated..because Compensation is given to a person who has lost something and not for the person who invested his talents to add more for his selfishness.

The ways of the Kingdom of God are not in ascending order but in a descending order, if someone wants to gain ,will lose his life but if someoone loses something for the Kingdom of God will be compensated in measure he has sown or lost for the God’s love. It is strange but it is a fact , the entire Bible or life of Saints is the testimony of losing oneself and gaining the Kingdom of God.

I always sing the folliwing song when I am a complete failure and lost in this Worldly life.

Lose yourself in me and you will find yourself
Lose yourself in me and you will find new life
Lose yourself in me and you will find yourself
And you will live, yes you will live in my heart.

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