Tuesday 24th February – Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent
Reflection: Psalm 34:4-7, 16-20
“Good people suffer many troubles, but the Lord saves them from all, the Lord preserves them completely; not one of their bones are broken” Psalm 34:19-20
Do you remember the incident recorded in the gospels of Jesus sleeping in the boat amidst a raging storm and his fear-stricken disciples (Luke 8:22-25)? That picture fits beautifully into the psalmist’s description of the life of a person who honours God and trusts in Him. Such person is always assured of the saving grace of God even in the midst of trouble.
What else can we hope for in our daily lives which are often full of uncertainty? God assures us in the first reading that His words are sure and always fulfil their purpose (Isaiah 55:11). God’s word must never leave our hearts so that it can drive far away from us every form of fear posed by the devil who always wants to steal our joy. We must let it dwell in our hearts and daily confess it in prayer and in moments of trials.
Dear friends, our young minds can easily be weighed down by the numerous political and economic problems in our nation and in the world around us. Let us consciously and constantly put our concerns before God and let His peace fill our beings. Pray for peace in your heart and rest in the blessed assurance of God’s word to keep you firm in hope and joyful in charity and share this living hope with someone else today.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please remove anything that contends with Your word in my heart. Let my heart rest in Your saving power and fill me with Your peace that I may live by the faith and not by sight. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2755: Two frequent temptations threaten prayer: lack of faith, and acedia – a form of depression stemming from lax ascetical practice that leads to discouragement.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which can never be shaken, never be moved.” Psalm 125:1 GNB
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19; Matthew 6:7-15