Tuesday, March 7, 2017
(Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 6:7-15)
Sunday we read about the temptations where through the Bible and Trust in God, Jesus triumphed though there is still final assult on Good Friday.
In the modern world evil seem to be thriving and often overwhelming humanity. Every time you switch on the TV, Radio or read a News Paper, it’s full of violence. Justice and peace seems slow in coming.
Those who feel powerful often opt for a kind of “pay-back” as seen in war against ISIL. Justice is sought only in reaching out for the guns.
We wonder what is justice? Is there any justice in the world? Jesus once said: He who draws the sword will also die by the sword.
Yet, Jesus also said: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.
Thus we need not repay evil with evil but seek the truth. The Word of God is truth which does not return to God without making impact on humanity. When we pray, Lord rescues the just in all their distress. We can only be just if we bear the truth.
The Lord’s prayer is the model of all prayers. It is a prayer for justice. When we pray the Lord’s prayer, we are also praying that the truth of God will bear fruits of love in our lives so that we will work for justice in the world.
Neither should we forget justice (truth) come before mercy. Forgiveness of our sins is tied to forgiving others too.
In our prayers, we should have preface, anamnesis and epic less. In prayers ask for what we need not what we want.
All prayers are answered with either YES! NO! WAIT! Yes! What we pray for is given unto us. No! We are not given what we ask but another good abd worthy thing. Wait! It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and never have one than to have an opportunity which we are not prepared for. Till we are ready.
St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us