MY daily reflection and prayer: Monday, February 24, 2015
Dear my friends, Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 6:7-15
Jesus says, “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Both our first reading and the Gospel for us today teach us to believe that God’s word has power to transform our lives. In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah says that God’s word is like the rain and melting snow which makes the barren ground spring to life and become abundantly fertile (Isaiah 55:10-11).
It means that God’s word has power to penetrate our dry barren hearts and make them springs of new life. So let us God’s word take root in our heart that it will transform us into the likeness of God himself and empower us to walk in his way of love and holiness.
In the Gospel Jesus teaches us that we can approach God confidently as our Heavenly Father. He is always waiting with arms wide open to receive us. Jesus gives us the perfect prayer named Our Father. This prayer teaches us how to ask God for the things we really need, the matter not things that only for the present but also for eternity.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we approach God our Father with confidence but humble through Jesus Christ we worship. He has opened the way to heaven for us through his death and resurrection and now he dwells among us in the Blessed Sacrament. When we come and worship him, he responds with grace, mercy, and loving-kindness. He is good and forgiving us. He also expects us to treat our neighbor the same. Let’s treat others as Jesus Christ has treated us with mercy, love and kindness.
Let’s pray with confidence as Jesus teaches us: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
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