Homilette for Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tuesday of the First Week in Lent

(Isaiah 55: 10-11; Matthew 6:7-15)

It is said that while Charles Lindberg was making the first solo flight across the Atlantic, he began to doubt the accuracy of his instruments. Worrying that his compass was incorrectly calibrated, he was tempted to change his course. But he kept faith in the compass and successfully landed in Paris.

As a navigator trusts his compass, we put our faith in the word of God. Isaiah in the first reading tells us God’s word always accomplishes its purpose. Because Jesus utters it, the “Our Father” of the gospel today is certainly the word of God. We can utterly rely on its efficacy. The bread we long for on will be provided. The forgiveness we require will be granted. We must remember, however, to say the prayer -- not occasionally and half-heartedly but frequently and resolutely.