Sr Melannie Svoboda's reflection in Living Faith on today's readings, Fake It Till You Make It:
"When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others." -- Matthew 6:2
"THE SIGN in front of the church read: "Do not stay away from Church on Sunday because there are so many hypocrites here. There's always room for one more!" I like that sign because, to a certain extent, we are all hypocrites; if a hypocrite is someone who performs a good deed for praise or recognition, who of us has absolutely pure motives when we do good?
"Lent reminds us we must not let the fear of hypocrisy get in the way of doing what good we can do. This means I perform good deeds not to show that I am already a holy person, but because I am striving to become one. If as some psychologists say, "we can act ourselves into a new way of thinking," then surely we can act ourselves into a new way of being. By acting as if we were already men and women of prayer, we will eventually become the men and women we wish we were.
"Jesus, help me to act and make choices today as if I were already the good disciple I want to be!"