Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
Memorial Feast: Saint John of God (1495-+1550)—Religious, Patron Saint of Booksellers, Hospitals, Nurses, the Mentally ill, and the Dying.
Isaiah 55:10-11, Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19, & Matthew 6:7-15
Most of us can recall the special someone who taught us how to pray. Likely, it was our parents, grandparents, or even our godparents. In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches the disciples, telling them that words alone are not sufficient.
One of the gifts of prayers, such as the 'Our Father' and 'Hail Mary', is to pray them easily. They are ingrained in our very being and probably were the first prayers we memorized. Unfortunately, sometimes when we pray, we lose our focus. We may be praying in word, yet our minds are miles away. The challenge is to remain 'present' in prayer. Only then will our minds and hearts be authentically in union with God.
As you recite the Our Father, take a moment and ask yourself what phrases are most meaningful to you. The Our Father as a prayer of love, longing, and praise.
Question of the Day: Will you take a few minutes today and consciously prayer the Our Father to Him?
Prayer: "When I called, the God of justice gave me answer; from anguish you released me; have mercy, O Lord and hear my prayer!" (Psalm 4:2)