Lenten reflections 2018 - 01 - Thursday - First week of Lent



Thursday - First week of Lent


(Esther 12: 14-16; Matthew 7: 7-12)


‘Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find;
knock andthe door will he opened to you’.

The book of Esther is entirely devoted to the story of a woman who saves her people who are in mortal danger. She is bound to her people more than to her own life and her prayer is simple and clear: 'Save us by your power, and help me, who am alone and have no one but you, OLord. You know all things.' Her trust is complete and she passes her situation into the 'hands' of the God of her ancestors. So she is heard, and answered and thus saves her people.

In the gospel reading Jesus speaks about prayer, about our attitude in approaching God. Like Esther our trust in God, which is complete, enables us to approach God in faith, hope and confidence because of who God is. God can close doors that no one can open or open doors inaccessible to others. We live in the River of Abundance - God the Source of our being. All is available to us if we but believe. When approaching God with gratitude for the gifts and blessings already part of our lives, we open ourselves to receive even greater abundance. The prayer to God reflects back upon us as a divine command to become the answer to our prayer. Become the change we desire. If we pray for peace, be peaceful; if for justice then practise justice; if for healing then live a holistic way of life. Our prayer sets in motion an openness permitting God to act without violating human freedom. Imagine the wave of transformation that can take place when a whole community, a parish or a nation prays, with integrity on behalf of those in need.


Breath Prayer:


I breathe in:      'Oh God, my Father/my Mother'


I breathe out: 'I entrust this .........  (need/situation) to you'



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