Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….
1 March 2017 ASH WEDNESDAY
"your Father who is in that secret place! “ Matthew 6,18
Your precious words are so soothing like a healing balm on a wound my Father "in the secret place” ! We tend to hustle and bustle , be in the limelight, to fidget but unfortunately often this is only about us , even when we are being charitable or just praying , we tend to oversell our fleeting self but we’ll never be any happier on account of this !! I pray for the tranquility of the seed that hides invisibly in the soil, that does not want to be seen but to live , taking root gathering strength , piercing the black soil’s cover reaching out towards the sky so that it’ll become part of the miracle of being, existing !! The little seed in the ground soaked by the spring rain just like a hermit on his own, but this quiet existence in carrying life, passing on life ,will ennoble it to become his Creator’s partner !
In the holy time of Lent help me to calm down, to understand that less is more, poverty is richness and quietness the source of dialogue , because to retreat into a fertile solitude we can meet with You, the One who fulfills our thirsting,disintegrating existence for infinity!!
With a God seeking soul ,
translated by dr k.e.
Jesus said to his disciples: 'Be careful not to parade your uprightness in public to attract attention; otherwise you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven.
So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win human admiration. In truth I tell you, they have had their reward. But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
'And when you pray, do not imitate the hypocrites: they love to say their prayers standing up in the synagogues and at the street corners for people to see them. In truth I tell you, they have had their reward. But when you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
'When you are fasting, do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they go about looking unsightly to let people know they are fasting. In truth I tell you, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put scent on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6, 1-6,16-18