Fasting, Almsgiving and Prayer

Several weeks ago, I gave a reflection at a Taize prayer service we held in my parish, St. Hubert’s in Chanhassen. I decided to use the gospel of the day – St. Matthew’s account of Jesus instruction to his disciples on prayer, almsgiving and fasting – as the starting point for my reflection. That is the reading we hear every year on Ash Wednesday and prayer, almsgiving and fasting are considered by Catholics to be traditional Lenten practice. The use of this Matthew reading as a Gospel reading during Ordinary Time struck me as an important reminder that these three practices are not merely “Lenten practicees” but as fundamental Christian practices that are important for us to engage in regularly at all times during the year.

It has been a while since Elena and I have managed to coordinate our schedules to produce a podcast, so we decided to take advantage of the opportunity to do so before she heads off to a three-week voice program at Brevard. This podcast is based on the reflection I gave during the Taize prayer service. It begins with a reading from Matthew’s Gospel and then gives some thoughts about each of the three practices.

You can stream the podcast (which runs for 13:36) from the icon below or can download it from here. (Remember that you can now also subscribe to Creo en Dios! podcasts on iTunes.)