Fasting, almsgiving and prayer are all staples of the Christian disciple’s life. They are praiseworthy things, to be sure. But Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel reading that they are not things to be done for praise. No one should even know that we have done these things, because in receiving praise for them, we have received our only reward. Far better to make fasting, almsgiving and prayer so much part of our lives that no one even notices. Except, of course our Father who is hidden. And our Father, who sees what is hidden, will repay us.