Monday, February 27, 2012
TUESDAY 1ST WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
TUESDAY 1ST WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
Is 55:10-11 / Mt 6:7-15
As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return
till they have watered the earth, making it yield seed for the sower
and food for others to eat, so is my word that goes forth out of my
mouth: it will not return to me idle, but it shall accomplish my will,
the purpose for which it has been sent.
When you pray, do not use a lot of words, as the pagans do, for they
believe that the more they say, the more chance they have of being
heard. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need, even
before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in
heaven, holy be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on
earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our
debts, just as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us. Do not
bring us to the test, but deliver us from the evil one. If you forgive
others their wrongdoings, your Father in heaven will also forgive
yours. If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive
This Gospel brings to mind the lyrics of a song by Amy Grant entitled
"Better Than a Hallelujah" which goes:
The tears of shame for what's been done
The silence when the words won't come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes.
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.
Simply put, this song reminds us that it is better to say prayer that
comes from within… "the cry of the heart or the quiet tearless
Early in our lives we are taught the Lord's Prayer. It is the perfect
prayer because it is written by God and in the manner and order that
we are meant to pray: the first part in exultation and in reference to
our Father in heaven, and the second part pertaining to our earthly
needs. So why did Jesus teach us this prayer? Because God wants us to
realize that it is not the quantity or complexity of our words that
make our prayers more audible to Him. As in the lyrics above, what
makes our prayers more effective is the heart with which we pray.
So next time you pray and words seem to escape you, pray our Lord's
Prayer and then just talk to Him about how your life is going. When
you do that, you'll be surprised to realize that in your honesty and
simplicity, you finally said the prayer that is truly in your heart.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Tung-Jou Sheh
- Dr. Rowena Lacida-Yap
- Renan Lacida
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Luis Torres and Mary John Guingon
- Glenn and Julie Manzon
- Jovelyn Ureta
… for the personal intentions of
- Amadeu Fangueiro
- Titong Villacorta
- Dr. Ugo Anyaugo, Mr. Ogechi Anyaugo, Barr Obinna Okoronkwo, Barr Mrs
Barbs Adaugo Okoronkwo, Mr .Ifeanyi Anyaugo, Mr Chuboy Anyaugo,
- Julie Manzon, Glenn Dale and John Dale Manzon, Estelita Escamilla,
Ma. Fe De Castro, Mary Ann Castro, Ethelinda and Patricio Manzon,
Jerico Uretat, Glenda and Joel Bisco, Domingo Barayoga Sr., Fedralyn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Julian S. Lola Jr.
- Birthday: Lily L. Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Dee Hue
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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