Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 6:7-15

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent - Matthew 6:7-15

Today Jesus is teaching His disciples the Our Father. This is a prayer that most of us learned at a very young age, and the words are ingrained in our beings.  Because of this, praying the Our Father or the Hail Mary may become automatic to us.  While we desire to pray, our minds may wander and we may not be as fully present as we would like to be.  The challenge for us is to strive continually to be present when we say or pray these prayers.  Thus, we may have to bring our minds and hearts back to God continually. 

Today, take a moment and ask yourself: at this time in your life, what words of the Our Father are most meaningful to you? What is your need, your desire? 

Jesus truly was praying to His Father, whom He knew intimately.  Today will we pray the Our Father as a prayer of love, of longing, of praise? Jesus knows us intimately and walks with us each and every day! Will we take a few minutes and consciously and deliberately pray this prayer to God today? If so, we may find a great treasure as well as deep peace!

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