Thursday After Ash Wednesday
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. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
Here Jesus reminds us why we give things up for Lent. It is not to impress our friends and family or to commiserate in mutual pity. It is to serve as a reminder that true happiness does not come from worldly things, but in our personal relationship with our God.