On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 3, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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What can we say about the all powerful living Word of God? So complete and whole, yet ever so incomprehensible. The spirit of God encapsulated yet by no means confined in the least. The Word which brings forth light and life to the fullest extent beyond man’s comprehension. And yet with a miniscule breath could plunge into dark, extinguishing all life.

So we rightfully cry out with the Psalmist… What is man that thou art mindful of him,
and the son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor. Ps 8:4–5

Then when sin entered into our hearts by our disobedience and we were doomed to die. You O Heavenly Father sent Your Only Begotten Son, Your Word made flesh who dwelt among us and would later lay down His life for the redemption of the world.

The prayer that Your Son Jesus taught us is the most beautiful and complete prayer. Praying and reflecting deeply on the words our hearts are opened to see what was revealed from the very beginning. That You Lord are God of abundant love and bountiful mercy! And it is only through our love and mercy for others that we shall look upon Your face.

Lord Jesus, let Your love and mercy flow through us. Amen

First reading

Isaiah 55:10-11 ·
The word that goes out from my mouth does not return to me empty

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
How to pray

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.’

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