Tuesday 11th March – Tuesday of the 1st week of Lent
Reflection: Isaiah 55: 10-11
WORDS THAT NEVER FAIL
We are often told to “mean what we say” and “say what we mean”. It is not unusual for us to see people who do not keep to their words. A typical example is that which occurs in the world of politics. The various candidates for a certain political office give an endless litany of promises to better the life of the common man. All these are simply tactics to get as many votes as possible as most of these leaders forget all the promises they made as soon as they get into office. Dear friends we must never view the numerous promises made by our loving Father in the same light.
The Bible is full of promises. Indeed the covenant we have with God through our baptism is one that comes with great blessings, material and spiritual alike, the ultimate of which is the blessing of eternal joy, happiness and union with God. However, all God’s promises in His word are based on a condition – that we give ourselves wholeheartedly to him in faith and trust and desist from worshipping mundane things – wealth, money, beauty, power etc. The purpose of the words we receive for God in every season of our lives is accomplished only when we hold on to Him as our ultimate source of life (Jeremiah 17: 5-8).
Dear friends, hold on to God’s word for every situation or difficulty you encounter. He’s words are indeed on assignment and just as the rain never falls without bringing the moisture required for plant and animal survival so will the words of our ever faithful God never return to Him unfulfilled. Simply trust!
PRAYER: Thank you dear Father for the reassurance You give me in Your word. Please help me to trust in You as I await the fulfillment of Your promises to me. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 282 – Does Sacred Scripture speak about a way to happiness?
We become happy by trusting in Jesus’ words in the Beatitudes.
The Gospel is a promise of happiness to all people who wish to walk in God’s ways. Especially in the Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-12), Jesus has told us specifically that eternal blessedness – BLESSING is based on our following his example and seeking peace with a pure heart.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will.” Mark 11:24 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Isaiah 55: 10-11; Psalm 34: 4-7, 16-19; Matthew 6: 7-15