MASS TIMES for Ash Wednesday: 7:00am, 5:00pm, and 7:00pm
Today is a day of both fasting (eating only one full meal) and abstinence (refraining from eating meat). Each time you are tempted to eat or want meat, offer a prayer for those who are hungry or thirsty in this world.
Today’s Gospel reading: 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 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."
Read the gospel for today. How is God calling you this Lent to enter into this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving with joy? How is God calling me to prepare for the renewal of myr Baptismal promises at Easter?
How will Lent be different this than past years?
How will I invite God into my Lenten journey?
Where will I find joy, so that I can share the living water?