How do we maintain the purity of good deeds?
Maintaining the purity of our good deeds is tricky. For the faithful, we aim to pursue salvation. In general, we want to feel rewarded.
However, isn’t it that the moment we let ourselves focus on the rewards, the more we dilute the purity of our good deeds?
If we are supposed to embrace unconditional love, then we should strive to act out of compassion rather than for personal gain or recognition. Doing good deeds solely for the ego boost may be satisfying at the moment, but it can ultimately lead to feelings of guilt and regret.
Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from the concept of flow. Imagine: what if doing good deeds can feel like being in the zone while playing sports? Grooving while playing in a band?
Maybe good deeds are purest when doing it feels like a reward in itself.
Mark 1:40-45. “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-012: JANUARY 12, 2023]