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Liturgical day: Wednesday 11th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 6,1-6.16-18): Jesus said to his disciples, «Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven (…)».

Rectitude of intention

Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench
(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, Jesus Christ requests the Pharisees "to do well" with "good intentions". For us to be good it does not suffice to do "good things"; we are also required to "do them well", and to do them in "the right context". The Pharisees used to do good things (like the giving of alms…) to pretend to be good. But this lack of coherence disgusts God very much.

First, we are to do constructive actions for ourselves and for others. To tell a lie, for instance, is something destructive: it makes me a liar; while I "contaminate" the other party’s intelligence. Only real good things make good use of my will. But, other than a "good starting point", it is required to take a "good course" (rectitude of intention). When I do something good with bad intention, I am, actually, working “for” the wicked. Therefore, both the "what" and the "what-for" must be good.

—My God, I want to kiss you, but not to "surrender" you, but to "surrender" myself to You.