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- If we carry out the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, helping our least brother in need just to do it, not congratulating ourselves, not even doing it because Jesus would want us to do it, but just doing it just because (and we’re pretty much unwitting pretty much all the time aren’t we?), Jesus will reward us as having done this personally for Him.
- There are lots of people who do all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy just to congratulate themselves for having done stuff. But even these good things that were actually done – and they are good things mind you – will be rejected as not having been done at all if done for self-congratulation. It’s all one big omission.
An example of the last one can already be seen in this world from time to time. For instance, a condescending soup-ladle guy at the soup kitchen ladling out soup ever so condescendingly might count his work as a good work for which he can congratulate himself before God and man, but the guy to whom he is giving the soup might well just throw it in his face, disgusted to be treated not even as a least brother, but simply as a tool by which the ladling guy congratulates himself. Don’t. Want. That.