Tuesday of the 1st week of Lent

Isaiah 55: 10-11      Mathew 6: 7-15

Theme: The power in the word

The 1st reading from the prophet Isaiah points out the fact that the word of God is always sent out for a reason, and that reason must surely be accomplished. What this simply means is that at any point in time when we listen to the word of God or hear the word of God been preached, it is meant for at least one person amongst those listening to the it. There is always a message to be accomplished, and it must be done. This may be the reason why when you listen to the word of God been preached, it is as if the message is directly for you; though the preacher does not know you or have you in mind. But God knows you need such a message at that point in time in your life. When we find ourselves in such a situation, it is for us to reflect about it and act on it accordingly. Such messages are often for our good, when we have a positive disposition, and we act on it.


In the gospel reading of today, Jesus admonishes us about what we should do when we pray; it is not about the length of time in which we pray, it is rather about how present we are to God when we pray. This is very important as we journey with the Lord during this season of Lent. It is a call to prayer in an effective and efficient way. It is also very important that as we pray for the blessings of God, we should also extend the same to our brothers and sisters, as we experience answered prayers from God.

Let us learn to extend the same hand of friendship that we receive from God to all those who encounter us at different moments in our life. My brothers and sisters in Christ, prayer is a necessity in our life, and we must never take it fore granted at any point in time. Prayer is one of our weapons of war against sin and evil as children of God. The more we prayer, the better equip we will be.

May God grant us the grace to always trust in his word, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, Amen.  Peace be with you.




Tuesday of the 1st week of Lent, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp