Monday, February 18, 2013
TUESDAY 1ST WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
TUESDAY 1ST WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
Is 55:10-11 / Ps 34: 4-5. 6-7. 16-17. 18-19 / 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 you either.
We can see that the pronouns in this perfect prayer is "OUR," "US," and "WE." The prayer is communal. It is not a private prayer and has great relation to our brothers and sisters. When we say "Our Father," it means we recognize and accept that the other one who is praying "Our Father" is our brother and sister. Our relationship with God is not of business or master-slave, but of Father-Son where love prevails. Love is the force that binds us with God. And this love has to be transferred, conveyed and transmitted to the other for us to be able to call God "Our Father." We don't cry out "My Father in heaven" but "Our Father in heaven." God would want us not to pray singly and severally, but in unity with all, because we all are one. And having our Father in Heaven means that we will also join Him in Heaven in time. This prayer is full of love for the other, to forgive others, in the same measure as God has forgiven us. It is interesting to note that the measure that we can love others, the extent of how we can forgive others, is based on how we have perceived the measure of how God has loved us, how God has forgiven us. We can only love and forgive when we have first fully understood and grasped the immensity of the love and forgiveness of God for us. So when we are in anger, hatred or doubt, let us examine why and how the devil has removed the seed of love in our hearts planted by God Himself. Let us recall the moments God has loved us, took us in, has excused us, and the Holy Spirit will start to enlighten us and fill us with His patience, forgiveness and love for the other.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Juday Arciaga
- Ronald Arthur C. Davis
- Tess Cuyos
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Denise TX, Pam GA, Carolyn MO, Paula, Gene L & Netta
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
- Andrew Guri
- Beny Chua
- Raymund & Cris Davis
- Parke and Kaye
- EJ & Arron
- Allan and Marjorie
- Correa Family
… In Memoriam: Manuel Go
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Felix M. Gonzalez
- Reynaldo Ofracio
- Gary Flores
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Philip Go
- Birthday: Franz A. Saw
- Thanksgiving: Carmen Lee Chua
- In Memoriam (+): Feliciana Marin
… 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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