The season of
Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 14. The gospel for this
day was from the Sermon on the Mount. This teaching of Jesus
focuses on how we pray, how we fast and how we give.
In Jesus’ time it was not only common, but socially expected
that almsgiving, a Lent practice of prayer, fasting and charity,
was publicly announced, praying was loud on street corners, and
fasting was accompanied by ash-covered faces and a sorrowful
demeanor. When Jesus described such people as “hypocrites,” he
was actually comparing them to actors. The Greek root word for
“hypocrite” actually refers to play-acting.
Annual General Meeting:
Feb. 11, 2018