Traditional Latin Mass readings for Ash Wednesday

Epistle: Joel 2:12-19 : Call a fast! Get everyone together, blow trumpets and call a fast! And if you do it, God will bless you abundantly afterwards
Gospel Matt 6:6-21: Dont’ be like the hypocrites.

Why on Ash Wednesday do we read the Gospel about not making a show of our fasting and not covering our head with Ashes?

Catholicism is full of paradoxes.

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