Good deeds done without spectacle
It’s easy to understand why bad deeds are done in secret, but why should good deeds be done in secret or at least in silence, without spectacle?
Maybe it’s because the doing of good deeds is supposed to be natural and normal, not an extraordinary spectacle. If it’s normal, it doesn’t have to be recognized nor rewarded. In a way, good deeds done this way are most pure; through this, we can have a glimpse of what unconditional love or acts mean.
Perhaps the invitation is not necessarily to celebrate one’s self, because it could easily go to pride and hubris. The invitation is self-awareness and self-understanding; being peaceful about who we currently are and who our best version could be. Virtue is the accumulation of good deeds. If others and God would “repay” us or celebrate us, then so be it.
But purely good deeds don’t seek recognition nor validation, because the doer has gained insight that the deed is indeed good, and that in itself is the reward already.
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18. Your Father who sees in secret will repay you
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 166: JUNE 15, 2022]