February 24, 2015

Feb. 24

February 24, 2015:  Tuesday, 1st Week of Lent

  • 'Jubilee year' button NEW (thanks Carmen!):  "Look to him that you may be radiant with joy" (psalm)
  • 'Fruits' tie:  God's Word is fruitful (1st reading)
  • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  The Lord has eyes for the just (psalm)
  • 'Pierced hearts' suspenders:  God is close to the brokenhearted (psalm)
  • 'Kneeling person' tie bar:  "Here's how to pray" (gospel)
  • 'Crown' tie bar:  "Thy Kingdom come" (gospel)
  • 'Wheat' pin:  "Rain and snow make the earth fruitful, giving bread" (1st reading); "Give us this day our daily bread' (gospel)
  • Blue shirt:  As rain that waters the earth and makes it fertile, so my word... (1st reading)
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  • The Our Father has inspired other prayers:  see Alternative Lord's Prayers including from the New Zealand Prayer Book, Emerging Church Movement, Dominican Sisters 1993 Retreat (Kansas), and a "retranslation" from the Aramaic
Wordle: Readings 2-24-15
  • Is 55:10-11  My word shall be fruitful:  it won't return to me void but shall do my will.
  • Ps 34:4-7, 16-19  "From all their distress God rescues the just."  The Lord has eyes for the just and is close to the brokenhearted; he saves the crushed in spirit.
  • Mt 6:7-15  Your Father knows what you need.  Pray:  “Our Father....  Deliver us from evil.”  If you forgive, your Father will forgive you; if you don't, he won't.

Reflect
    • Creighton:  We're invited to speak directly to our father, who always has time to listen.  Our heavenly father showers us with blessings come to earth.  The Kingdom comes to us in ordinary experiences; God works with us when we're open to the extraordinary in the ordinary.  The Lord is close to us now!  Jesus invites us to ask God for what we need.  Ask for forgiveness, our need and greatest joy!  God rescues us every day.  God expects we'll make mistakes, but we do better when we seek guidance.  Jesus invites us to make calling on God a habit.  We're not lost, no matter what happens; he'll hear us.  Find new contexts to pray the Our Father...
    • One Bread One Body:  "The Word for Lent":  God's Word does not return void but achieves the end for which it's sent; read, meditate on, delight in, observe, and share it daily.
    • DailyScripture.net:  Let God's word take root; it has transforming power.  St. Ambrose:  "Aren't you occupied with Christ?  Why don't you talk with him?  By reading the Scriptures, we listen to Christ."  God is waiting to receive his prodigal children; that's why Jesus gave us a prayer that calls God "Our Father" and teaches us how to ask for what we need.  We can pray with confidence because the Lord opened the way to heaven through his death and resurrection; God responds with grace and loving-kindness.  He forgives us and expects us to treat our neighbor the same.  God's love burns away prejudice, hatred, resentment, vengeance, and bitterness, leaving only goodness and forgiveness.
    St. John Cassian:  "God's mercy is beyond description.  While he's offering a model prayer, he teaches a way of life and how to be judged with mercy.  We can treat our sins against God with gentle indulgence but severely exact reparation for sins against ourselves; all who doesn't forgive from the heart those who do them wrong will only obtain from this prayer his own condemnation, not mercy."  How do I treat others?