The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Danichi Hui)
As someone who used to help in providing for the family’s needs, I could not but get worried where will my family get the part of what I used to give. This was one of the many concerns I had before I entered the seminary. Even until now there were times that I worry whenever my family would be needing something. Now that I could not provide for them financially anymore, I would always resort to prayers.
Prayer has always been the answer not only to all my needs but my family’s as well. Prayer is a proof that God is listening. This is what the Gospel is telling us today, that in prayer, God listens. This was even assured by Jesus when He said that we do not need to babble many words just for us to be heard, “your Father knows what we need before we ask Him” (Mt. 6:8).
There are times that we feel we need a lot of things in order to live. But through the prayer that Jesus had taught us, we realize that what is necessary in life is not about the necessities we need but God. God is more than enough because He knows already what we need and through Him we could also receive such.
The question is, do we have faith in God? It is our faith in Him that would make all the impossible possible for us. If only we would allow God to work in us, greater things could happen.
After staying in the seminary for almost six years, there was no single moment that my family got hungry or lacked necessities. God worked because I allowed Him to. I placed all my trust and faith in Him by praying the prayer Jesus had taught us. For I know that it is in that prayer where Jesus assured us that our Father knows what we need before we ask Him. What else could I ask for if I have a God who knows everything and provides everything?