Homily for Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent (1)

Homily for Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent

Theme: Lord Teach Us How To Pray! And Help Us to Forgive Others as You always Forgive Our Trespasses.

By: Fr Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

Homily for Tuesday March 8 2022

Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 33:4-7,16-19.
Matthew 6:7-15

Today is the Tuesday of the first week of Lent. And our Readings for today reminds us that, we are all called to pray more and to spend more time in quality moments with God, which we can achieve through that prayerful time and silence, as we come to Him with a contrite and loving heart, remembering His most generous love and compassionate mercy, all that He had done for us, all these while.

In our Gospel passage today, the Lord has shown us all the model prayer that He Himself had made, in praying to His heavenly Father, the model prayer that we all definitely know too well. The Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father, after the very first words in that prayer is a model for all of our Christian prayers, in how we make our prayers and how we can make sure that those prayers help us in deepening our relationship with God, as they should have.

Dear brethrens, the following is what we learn especially from the Gospel passage of today.

1.Firstly, Prayer is the way for us to communicate with God, to speak with God our loving Father, and to listen to His speaking in our hearts and minds.

2. Secondly, prayer must first be about giving thanks to God, thanking Him for all the wonderful things that we have received, no matter how all they might have been. And least of all, we have to give Him thanks for the continued gift of life that He has blessed us with.

3. Thirdly, prayer is also about listening to God and not just wanting or even demanding God to listen to us. It is about opening our hearts, minds and our senses to allow for genuine communication between us and God.

4.Forthly, prayer is also the means by which we also seek the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy, as we ask Him to forgive us the multitudes of our sins. It is by God’s grace alone that we can be forgiven, and we who are sinners are in need of God’s forgiveness, that we may be reconciled to Him.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we have to cultivate in us the habit of good and true prayer, prayer that is genuine from our hearts and not prayer that is merely recited without meaning or understanding. This season of Lent is a time for us to reflect deeply on ourselves and our path in life.
It is the perfect time for us to redirect our focus and attention once again at God.
Have A Blessed Lenten Season!

Fr Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

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