Jesus said to his disciples “Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness, before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven. […] If you give something to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your gift remains really secret. Your Father who sees what is kept secret, will reward you.
When you pray, do not be like those who want to be seen.
“When you pray, do not be like those who want to be seen. They love to stand and pray in the synagogues or on street corners to be seen by everyone. I assure you, they have already been paid in full. When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is with you in secret; and your Father who sees what is kept secret will reward you. “When you fast, do not put on a miserable face as do the hypocrites. […] When you fast, wash your face and make yourself look cheerful, because you are not fasting for appearances or for people, but for your Father who sees beyond appearances. And your Father, who sees what is kept secret will reward you.”
First Reading: Prophecy of Joel 2:12-18
Second Reading: Second Letter of St Paul 5:20 – 6:2