1 Kings 21:17-29 / Matthew 5:43-48
What holds a place in the showcase of life are certificates and testimonies, medals and trophies, prizes and photos of grand occasions.
These are considered the successes and achievements of life and we are proud to put them on display because they are symbols of our ability and our worth.
Some of these successes and achievements may be even quite extra-ordinary and there are accolades and praises for it.
However, in today's gospel, Jesus asked a question that will make us do an honest reflection.
That question is: Are you doing anything exceptional?
So if whatever we are doing is for the praises and recognition of men, then it can be said that what we are doing is for something personal and not so exceptional.
In fact, the exceptional is not so much something phenomenal but actually something simple and humble.
The prophet Elijah was a great prophet who did great deeds, but essentially, he simply did what God told him to do, and he did it humbly.
Let us be humble and simple in whatever we do, and may it be acceptable in the eyes of God.