Bible Reading and Prayer
for Wednesday 17th June 2020
Welcome to our virtual morning Bible Reading & Prayer for today.
Matthew 6.1-6, 16-18
‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no
reward from your Father in heaven.
‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the
synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have
received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right
hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will
‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the
synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they
have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and
pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so
as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But
when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by
others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Prayer for today
From a prayer of Erasmus (1536)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where
there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is
darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be
understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in
pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.