“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Humility. Jesus Christ reveals humility as the source of strength, through humbling himself in His passion. In the beginning of this season of Lent, we all choose our paths of suffering—each of us chooses a Cross to carry, though it pales in comparison to Christ’s.
The examples of today’s first reading and Gospel emulate a vibrant sense of the word “humility” and how one must repent and speak the sins he or she has uttered in order to be saved by God. We must all let this Lenten season be a time of humility in order to feel—in some small but meaningful way—the same suffering Christ felt on the Cross. We are in solidarity with Him throughout this Lenten season; we do not do the good for the sake of others seeing it or praying because others may hear it, but we choose to repent and be reconciled with God. Today—Ash Wednesday—is when we are given this chance, to repent and be reconciled. To be ambassadors for Christ, we must choose our path to salvation that Christ has paved before us.
-Sam Chechik, ‘17 is a member of the Senior Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.
Immerse us in the feeling of humility and cleanse us of our pride.
Lovingly bring us into the light of Truth and the Suffering of your Son,
that we may truly recognize what He did for this world despite our sins.
The love you have shown echoes to all people,
and we praise you and thank you because of it.
Bless our hearts with the strength to suffer in this Lenten season with Christ
so that we may become more like him.
-Sam ChechikPlease share the Good Word with your friends!