Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Ash Wednesday ABC
2 “So whenever you give alms,G do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocritesH do in the synagoguesI and in the streets, so that they may be praisedJ by others. TrulyK I tell you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be done in secret;L and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5 “And whenever you pray,M do not be like the hypocrites; for they loveN to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seenO by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6 But whenever you pray, go into your roomP and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
16 “And whenever you fast,Q do not lookR dismal,S like the hypocrites, for they disfigureT their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil onU your head and washV your face, 18 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.
19 “Do not store upW for yourselves treasuresX on earth, where moth and rust consumeY and where thievesZ break inAA and steal;BB 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heartCC will be also.
Image Credit: “St. Peter in Prayer” by Matthias Stom, between 1633 and 1640.