February 18, 2015
Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be on guard against performing religious acts for people to see. When you give alms, for example, do not blow a horn before you in synagogues and streets like hypocrites looking for applause…Keep your deeds of mercy secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. When you are praying, do not behave like the hypocrites…Whenever you pray, go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees what no man sees, will repay you. When you fast, you are not to look glum as the hypocrites do…When you fast, see to it that you groom your hair and wash your face. In that way no one can see you are fasting but your Father who is hidden; and your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”
Lent is the acceptable time for renewing our desire to serve as Jesus served,
so we pray:
When we walk with those caught in the cycle of poverty,
Help us to see your face, O God!
When we look into the wondering eyes of a child,
Help us to see your face, O God! When we reach out to the homeless, Help us to see your face, O God!
When we listen to the fading voice of the aged,
Help us to see your face, O God! Amen.