Doesn’t the world tempt us to reject “righteous deeds”? The World tells us to constantly be doing something. Movies, sports, work. What about prayer? The World tells us that to be happy we need to accumulate things, that they are our payment. What about alms giving? The World tells us that my body should never be hungry, always satisfied, always consoled. What about fasting? Unlike the world, Christ encourages us to righteous deeds: almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. These are so important that he gives a specific teaching on each of them, and he says, “Your Father will repay you!” He is promoting them, he is encouraging us to them.
Apparently there are 7.4 billion people in the world, and we are the servants of all of them. It can be a bit overwhelming to think about. If we gave one penny to each person, we would need 70.4 million dollars. If we gave each person one second of our time, we would need to live 14,400 years. The temptation is to consider it impossible and to give up before getting started. If God had made us purely physical beings, it would be impossible. But because we are spiritual beings, a single work, for example a prayer, has the capacity of reaching all.