February 16 – First Tuesday of Lent

February 16, 2016  •   LPi

livingWordToday’s Gospel

“So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.(Isa 55:11).

Daily Lent Reflection

The Isaiah reading describes the Hebrew concept of Dabhar, the creative energy of God which makes things happen. The creation story is a good example, where God created the universe just by saying “Let there be…”

The ultimate Word of God is of course his son Jesus, the Living Word. The gospel reading takes up the theme of the use of words, this time in the verbalising of prayer. The Lord’s advice is that we should live out our prayer in doing good to others so that the words are not “empty babble.”

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will try today to be conscious today of how I use my words – in my conversations and exchanges with others, and in my prayer.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark