12 March 2019. Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
Reflection (Sem. Mark Ian V. Abu)
Prayer is a very important part of our life as Christians. From the rising of the sun to its setting we always talk to God in prayer. We have prayers in all occasions in the family and in our community. We usually begin our gatherings and celebrations with a prayer. Before we leave the house and immediately after riding a car, we utter a prayer. When we feel sad and burdened, we ask the Lord for guidance and solutions. When we are happy and delighted, we offer to God thanks and adoration. Before we take examinations or apply for a work, we ask God for assistance. As a seminarian, I usually receive requests for prayers. ‘Brother ipagdasal mo naman ang pamilya naming. Brother, please pray for my sick parents.’ Truly, prayer plays a necessary part in our life.
And since Jesus really knows how important prayer is for us, He gave us the model of all prayers – the Our Father. This prayer contains in itself all the aspects of relating and communicating with God. It has the adoration in which we give praise to God our Father and for which we give Him the full majesty. It also has the contrition part where we ask forgiveness for our wrong doings and the grace that we may forgive also those who have wronged us. Then, it has the thanksgiving part where we express our gratitude for all the blessings we received from Him. And lastly, the supplication where we beg God to hear and grant the needs we offer Him for ourselves and for all our intentions. Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication – ACTS. Our prayer must lead us to do something for others. Fruitfulness of our prayer is best notice when we do acts of goodness to others. Our prayer should end up with concrete actions for the glory of God and good of others.
May the daily prayers that we have bring us more closely to God and to our neighbor as we continue to be a concrete blessing of God to all.
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“This is how you are to pray:
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
“If you forgive men their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”