And Lent begins.
Fr David was so right in church this evening. There’s no point giving something up if you’re just going to replace it with something else and it won’t benefit you. That’s why I admire those who give up alcohol or something other than the standard ‘chocolate’ and really work at making their own lives and therefore their connection with God and deeper understanding of the world around them more open and more… well more. To enable them to live life more fully and find God more in their lives. To battle out distraction and temptation with Jesus.
I am giving something up? Well I considered coffee and chocolate. Past Lentan periods have been far more profitable though. So I have an idea of what I will do instead if not alongside those two items to improve my living and my walk with God.
I wish your Lentan period to be a good one too.
Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:1-8
‘Beware of practising 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.