But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:3-4 NABRE
The quoted verse is part of Jesus Sermon on the Mount, here He is teaching about almsgiving. Alms are gifts for the poor, giving alms was an important responsibility for the Jews. When giving alms you should not be a hypocrite, someone who gives so others notice, more interested in what others think and not really interested in giving to the poor. Rather, when giving you should do it quietly and without recognition from those around you or in your life. Giving alms should be a secret and then the motivation behind giving will be unquestioned. If you give in secret, then your Father who sees everything will repay you. God is generous, our preference should be to receive repayment from God.
Almsgiving can be one of the things we do to remake the world and restore it. Giving alms is done in a number of ways, giving time, money, goods and today in using our gifts. When Jesus spoke almsgiving centered on giving money to help the poor. Giving money is important because money can become the focus of worship, “You cannot serve God and Mammon” (Lk 16:13). So by giving money we can put it in its rightful place. But today providing a service is a way to help the poor. This kind of almsgiving may not be possible to do in secret. It is ok, Jesus wants us to have the right attitude about money and giving, that our worship is directed toward God and everything else helps us approach it appropriately. Particularly, almsgiving can assist us to have a conversion of our heart and growing toward freedom. This is Jesus hope in this teaching.
What is your attitude about giving? Can you see giving as a way of helping yourself grow?