Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
“And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”
Today’s Gospel passage is—to the verse—the same passage that we hear every year on Ash Wednesday. The Church proclaims it today, in the middle of a week in Ordinary Time, because the cycle of Gospel passages for weekday Mass tends to go sequentially through a Gospel account.
We are currently hearing from St. Matthew’s Gospel account at weekday Mass. A week ago Monday we began hearing from the fifth chapter of Matthew, where the evangelist begins recording the Sermon on the Mount. Today we begin hearing from Chapter 6. The Sermon on the Mount continues through the end of Chapter 7. We will hear this sermon at weekday Mass through a week from tomorrow.
Because today’s Gospel passage contains a wealth of spiritual teaching, you might more easily benefit from reflecting on just one third. In each of these three sections Jesus teaches us the right way of carrying out spiritual works. But notice that each third ends the same way, with Jesus noting that when the act is performed from the heart—that is, with divine charity—“your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you”. These acts ultimately are about our relationship with God our Father.