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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 3 A.D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19
Matthew 6:7-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Happy Lent, fellow pilgrims!

May your desert sojourn be blessed and full of rugged, stark encounters of the real reason why you need, above all things, a savior!

So much can be said about the gospel today and the awesome power packed into the simple but transforming Lord's Prayer. But recollect the lesson for life contained in the first line alone: "Our Father in heaven, hollowed be your name." When we begin our prayer to God, we come with need and emptiness, pain and hunger, but we do not come empty handed. We come instead with an offering of praise.

Our prayer, even of desperate cry, should begin with a prayer of praise. We acknowledge the truth we have discovered in our soul: God alone is worthy of all praise.

Jesus teaches us this opening praise as an invitation to begin all our prayer by handing to our Father a word of heart felt praise, a blessing upon the holy and wonderful name above all names.

Our season of Lent would be well blessed by the simple commitment to begin each day with a humble word of praise offered to our God. Short, simple, but sincere, a word to glorify our God will be powerful yeast in our day!

- Fr. Patrick Ryan |

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

St. Katharine Drexel, virgin

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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