Lent is a time when we devote ourselves to alms giving, to praying, and to fasting. In today’s Gospel Jesus makes it clear that all these good practices have the same purpose, namely, that they bring us closer to the heavenly Father.
“When you give alms do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”
“When you pray do not pray that others may see you, so that your Father who sees in secret will repay you,”
“When you fast do not appear to be be fasting, for then, your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”
Your Lent must be a time when at the end you will be able to sing, “Nearer my God to Thee, nearer to Thee; e’en though it be a cross that raiseth me.”