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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/021815.cfm
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 your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving, the three tenets of Lent. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent, a time to recollect who we are in Christ Jesus. A time to take stock of our life and the things that we do. Lent is a time for us to grow closer to God and give ourselves to Him. What do you need to improve? How is your prayer life? What do you do for others? Take this time to look at your life as Jesus sees it. Be ready to hear and heed His voice.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to make this Lent truly a time of conversion and the start of a new and deeper relationship with you. Let me really see, through you, what I have to give up or get rid of from my life. Let me give up whatever is keeping me from truly being one in you. Let your light of love open my heart so that I may see you as my Lord, God, and King of Kings. Let this Lent truly be the beginning of a new life of love and service. In Jesus’ holy name, I ask all this, Amen
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.