February 25, 2010
Matthew 7: 7-12
Today’s reading from St. Matthew offers us a reflection on Prayer: its importance and its efficacy. This Gospel passage is most appropriate because prayer is one of the three pillars of the Lenten season.
The Church distinguishes four kinds of prayer: adoration, thanksgiving, reparation and petition. Each one is necessary and each reflects a different aspect of our relationship with God.
When we offer prayer of adoration, we acknowledge the primary of God and our dependence upon Him;
Thanking God through prayer expresses our gratitude for all we have received from Him;
Since each one of us is a sinner, prayer presents us with an opportunity to make reparation for our many offenses against God;
And finally, prayer of petition offers us the occasion to request Devine Assistance for ourselves, our families, relatives, friends and benefactors for whom we should pray.
Prayer, too, is an expression of humility, and as such, is very pleasing to God. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most perfect expression of prayer and each time we assist at Holy Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the recitation of the Divine Office and the daily Rosary.
May this Lenten Season be for us a period of “grace and favor from the Lord.”