Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
(Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 6:7-15)
It is said that words make people human. Other animals can think although not with much sophistication. They even communicate in different ways. But they do not seem to be able to form meaningful words. Words not only have power to move others. They have some sway with God as well. At least, Jesus in today’s gospel prescribes certain words to solicit the Father’s attention.
The Our Father is the preeminent prayer of Christians because it was taught by Jesus himself. It must be efficacious because in the first reading God declares that His word will not return to Him void. When we own it by living it, we will receive the Father’s care.
A couple was praying for their daughter who had developed a blood disease. They had lost one daughter to cancer many years before and feared losing another. They prayed for their daughter and asked friends to pray as well. A week or so ago, they received news that the bone marrow transplant their ailing daughter received was successful. It may not be a saint-making miracle, but the couple is sure that God master-minded the healing,