Ash Wednesday—Gospel—Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you they have received their reward. 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.
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast anoint your head and wash our face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who see what is hidden will repay you.”
As you enter this Lenten Season, what does the landscape look like to you in view of this Gospel message?
Enter your inner room where you can pray in secret.
To what does God seem to be calling you to in light of conversion?
Heritage word—“Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter. Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion.”