SAINT TERESA OF JESUS, VIRGIN AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH (MEMORIAL)
There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed.
When reading today’s Gospel (Luke 12:1-7), we often emphasize what Jesus says about God’s tender care and concern for even the minutest aspect of our lives and the value we have in his eyes (Luke 12:6-7). But then he offers a stark contrast: all cover-ups will be exposed; all secrets will be publicized. That sounds embarrassing—even scary!
But let’s remember that it’s not only the bad things that will be revealed on the Day of Judgment. Read the Gospel again, this time in light of the God who counts all the hairs on your head. Think of all the small sacrifices you make, even the ones that other people may not notice. Saving the last piece of cake for someone else when you really want it yourself. Saying no to the temptation to engage in gossip. Praying in the middle of the night for someone who is sick. Or simply offering a cup of cold water to someone, as Jesus said (Matthew 10:42).
God notices all these. No act of kindness is overlooked as insignificant by the one who cares even for “dime-a-dozen” sparrows. Every act of love done in secret—even the smallest kindness—is known to God. And one day they will all be revealed.
So when you grow weary of doing good, remember: God sees what is done in secret, and he will reward you (Matthew 6:4). One day you will see him face-to-face and hear him say, “Well done, good servant!” (Luke 19:17). And you will discover that it’s not only the Lord who remembers your acts of love. Your family, your friends, the person who was ignored until you spoke to them—all of these brothers and sisters will thank you and give praise to God.
Even now, picture Jesus smiling at you as you do these things. Imagine him saying to the Father, “Look at my friend, loving as we have loved him.” Thank him today for his care for you: you are worth more than many sparrows (Luke 12:7). And your secret acts of kindness for others have immeasurable value in the eyes of God!
“Thank you, Father, for valuing the little ways I try to love you by loving others.”
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11