Gift: Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.
Reading: But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matthew 6:6)
Observation: I was thinking this morning at Mass about how most of my prayer life is in secret and how just a few years ago I would have been thinking of how it was a useless waste of time, if no one sees it. This Gospel reading today is a reminder of how the praying that we do that no one sees is the most valuable in God’s eyes.
Personification: Modesty – No longer needing to impress other people with our power or degrees or connections or wealth. It is not that there is no value in community prayer, but I think it is the prayer in secret that gives us the grace to display the fruit of modesty when we pray in public.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stay vigilant in my prayer to you at all times, especially in times that I am alone with you in secret. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.