Ash Wednesday

February 17, 2021 |

Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Gospel Passage: Matthew 6:1-18

by Rev. Gregory Houck, O.Carm.

Saint John of the Cross has a great quotation to begin this Season of Lent: “Curbing the tongue is better than fasting on bread and water.”  In today’s Gospel, each person is saying the same thing: I’m making a donation, look at me;  I’m praying, look at me; I’m fasting, look at me!”  When my ego is in control, my every word or act proclaims look at me!   Jesus could’ve gone on and on: judging others, gossiping, controlling others, angry words, ambition.  Each proclaims, look at me!  So let’s live Saint John of the Cross’ quotation (slightly modified) this Lent: “Curbing the look at me! is better than fasting on bread and water.”

Join the Carmelite Community for Compline (Night Prayer) for Ash Wednesday. Click the image below:

Tomorrow’s reflection will be offered by Rev. Jorge Monterroso, O.Carm.



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