Lives of Quiet Service
Sermon on Matthew 6
Eric Hollas, OSB
Delivered at Saint John’s Abbey, 17 June 2015
If there’s one gospel passage that best sums up the life-style that Saint Benedict prescribes for his monks, it’s likely this one from Matthew chapter six. When it comes to good deeds and religious observance, here Jesus encourages an under-the-radar way of life that syncs perfectly with what Benedict requires of us. In our case Benedict advises us to do what we must do — not to draw attention to ourselves — but to do all quietly, and for the sake of others.
There’s also the issue of authenticity in all of this. Deeds done to impress others hint at their scarcity in the depth of our being. But to do good without counting the cost to ourselves suggests there’s a lot more where that came from. There’s likely more than enough, deep within us, to spare.