St. Mary's put together a Lenten reflection booklet which we handed out on Ash Wed. in order to have a daily reflection on the Mass readings for the day. Most of the reflections were written by students (a few by staff).
Here is today's reflection:
February 19, 2013
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
Isaiah 55:10-11 * Matthew 6:7-15
The Gospel from Matthew emphasizes three points: the importance of quality prayer, the gift of the Lord’s Prayer, and an emphasis on perpetual forgiveness. First, quality prayer should never be disregarded. One should attempt to concentrate whether praying a self-written or a standard prayer. By focusing on the meaning, one can gain a deeper insight into both God’s presence and his will.
The Lord’s Prayer signifies our dependence on God, as well as uniting us all as one Church. It represents our daily challenge to live as Catholics in the world, while glorifying God and laying all we have and are down at his feet. This is why Christ reinforces the lines of forgiveness. It is an ever-present challenge to forgive those around us, especially our enemies. This is when great sacrifice on our part is necessary, as we give up our anger and turn our hearts toward God to forgive.
What can I do to improve the quality of my prayer life? Do I sometimes rush through prayers, or avoid prayer all together?
How can I better forgive those around me? Have I retaliated against those who have wronged me?
Have I lost touch with God’s own forgiving grace? When was the last time I went to the confession?