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.