Archive for February 16, 2016

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 16, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How comforting it is to know that the Word of God flows freely from His heart. Nourishes as it stimulates growth, heals and does the divine good before drawing us back closer to Him.

How sad it is that some still choose to reject, close up their ears or fail to embrace the Word in all its glory.

Prayer is a gift for which we unite ourselves with the heart and mind of our loving and merciful Father in Heaven. The beauty of it, is that there are many ways to pray but all must come from an deep inner desire to connect with our creator the source of life.

Jesus my Lord You teach us that our main focus in prayer should be our Heavenly Father and to do His Will. In loving humility to ask Him for what we need and never take for granted what He readily provides. To always seek first to be merciful with one another so as to be reconciled with Him in His mercy. To be aware that evil lurks and to be steadfast in prayer so as to receive the grace to be victorious over it. Thank You Lord Jesus. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 55:10-11

Thus says the Lord: ‘As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.’

Gospel
Matthew 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this:

‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test,
but save us from the evil one.

‘Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.’