Thought for the Day – 11 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
The Growth of Jesus
“Like Jesus, we must advance in goodness before men, as well as before God.
Our external behaviour should be the candid mirror of our inner sanctity.
The external appearance of courtesy, good manners and holiness, should not be mere ostentation.
It should be a vital expression of interior goodness which, naturally, tends to show itself outwardly, so that all “may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven” (Mt 5:16).
If it is no more than a display, Jesus will say that “they have received their reward” (Cf Mt 6:1,5).
If it is pure hyprocrisy, Jesus will drive away the culprits from Himself because, they are “like whited sepulchres” (Cf Mt 23:27).
Let us make Jesus our constant model, therefore.
Let our outward demeanour always reflect our interior goodness and holiness.”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci