Posted by: livingscripture | February 18, 2015

ASH WEDNESDAY

From the Word of the Day

“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.”   

 (Matthew 6: 2)   

 How should we live this Word Highway_Home_blank-961x828[1]

If Jesus ended up on the Cross, this certainly happened because of a mysterious and salvific plan of God, Three in One.  But its actual accomplishment was due to the rabid will to kill Jesus we see evident in the anger of the Pharisees, Scribes, Teachers of the Law, and the Herodians because Jesus’ unleashed His words like a whip of truth that bared what was impure.  All hypocrisy is impure.  Every desire to show the good done is not only despicable because it leads to what is false, but also because it is ridiculous.  It is like sounding the trumpet to show everyone that you are giving a pair of shoes to a needy person.There is a subtle humor in this passage.  It shows what an attentive and intelligent observer Jesus must have been.  The world has always been the same with its mania to publicize the good done.  It seems that one cannot assist a needy person, give a helping hand, or accomplish any other good deed without ‘blowing the trumpet’.

This page of the Gospel for the first day of Lent is very therapeutic.  It begins the strong time of the Spirit that is Lent, a journey of forty days in a livelier attention to live that is really worth living and what more decisively prepares us for the Holy Triduum of Easter.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me use this Lenten season to be healed of any desire I have of being admired, praised, and thought highly of.  Rather, I will ask to see it as a beautiful invitation to enter into the splendid path of the light of truth.

Yes, Lord, let me live Your will in all I think, desire, and do.  Let this be, through Your grace, my simple adherence to You to tell You that I love You and for this reason I want to do all the good that You want me to do. 

The Voice of Pope Francis for Lent 2015 

Lent is a propitious time to show interest in others by a sign, even a little one, but concrete, of our participation in our common humanity.

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