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Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021016.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.”
Lent is upon us. It is a time to step back into ourselves and take stock of where we are with the Lord. Look at your life, see where the Lord fits in on a daily basis. Do you only spend time with Him when you have nothing to do or do you make time to spend with Him? Offer your life to Him this Lent, fast and pray and He will reward you. Be sure you are give with good cheer and joy so you do not receive pity from anyone. Your Father will see you and know your heart.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me this Lent to see you and find you more closely in my heart. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you glory, Amen!!!!
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.