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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 23 A..D. 2010

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:

Today's Gospel gives us the perfect formula for prayer and helps us to consider many important points.

What impresses me the most is that Jesus says we are to address God as, "Our Father." Those words alone provide me with the greatest solace and tell me that when I pray as Jesus taught, my prayers are not falling on deaf ears or on a heaped-up table, like accumulated mail, but going directly to the heart of The One, who is to be called, "Father."

For me, that means I have a genuine advocate Who knows and is concerned about what is necessary for me and Who desires that I am not only happy, but well.

Finally, I am reminded that My Father is in Heaven and, from that vantage point, is in charge of everything.

I have nothing to fear. So I say, "Hallowed be thy Name."

"May everything You desire come to be--everywhere--not just in heaven, but here on earth."

"Give me, Father, whatever I need."

"Forgive me any wrong I have done and help me to forgive others."

"And finally, Father, don't let anything ever come between us. Amen!"

"Yours, Father, is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever."

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS | email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

St. Polycarp, bishop and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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


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