Daily homily thoughts, 7/21

Today’s Gospel according to Saint Matthew tells us,“Many people followed [Jesus], and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known.” Just as Saint Nicholas gave gifts to the poor in secret, I encourage all to do the same. I understand putting your name on the donations for the Church to receive tax deductions, but try to keep some acts of kindness secret. Matthew 6:3-4 says,“But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Our Lord will reward every good action, whether or not others see. Give in secret, you will be rewarded in Heaven.