23rd February 2021

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TUESDAY, FIRST WEEK OF LENT (St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr)

Reading 1: Is 55:10-11 God, through Isaiah, compares his word to the rain and snow that water the earth and make it fertile. Human hearts rise up to God when fertilized by God’s word.

Gospel: Mt 6:7-15 Jesus gives us a lesson in prayer by sharing with us his own prayer.


GOD’S WORD ACCOMPLISHES ITS PURPOSE

What is the worth of your words? Are they effective? Do they make someone’s life beautiful? Do they build up or destroy? The world of today seems to have lost the real worth of words once spoken. Leaders make promises and forget them immediately and easily after achieving what they desire. Moreover, words of hatred and violence, of controversy and negativity, seem to be more desirable than words of values, of wisdom, of goodness and of positivity. The words of world are untrustworthy. Is it the same with the words of God? Let the readings of today answer.

The people of Israel were captives in Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar II in the year 587/586 B.C. Their long captivity had broken them leaving, them with no hope. Amidst these violent events, God, through his prophet Isaiah, proclaims that liberation is at hand. The people get ready, filled with joy to return to their homeland; but their joy did not last long, for the promise was not immediately fulfilled. Israel was left again with discouragement and wondered if God was now behaving like humans who fail to keep promises.

The prophet answers them with a metaphor. The word of God is like rain and snow. They come down from the heavens and do not return without result. It affects the soil, enabling it to nurture the grain seed and foster the growth of all vegetation. So also, the word of God will faithfully accomplish its purpose. Rightly so, foretold by the prophet, the people of Israel were eventually freed and were allowed to return to their homeland.

Are we often seized by a kind of distrust when we do not see the immediate result of God’s word? The prophet exhorts us today, to let God take his time to fulfil his words in each one’s life. The effect of word of God sometimes seems as though slow and untrustworthy. But those who stand firm in hope will certainly see his promises to us fulfilled.


Responsorial Psalm: Ps 34: 4-7, 16-19 The Lord rescues them in all their distress.


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