FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 23, 2021
First Tuesday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6: 7 – 15)
How shall I live this Word?
We are different from pagans not because we recite a prayer authenticated by the Church, formulated exactly with a lot of ‘nulla osta’, as if a sequence of words could save us in a magical way. What differentiates us is the fact that this prayer is so different from one thought or written by any human. Every time we recite it, we are amazed, impressed by its distance from our way of thinking. We almost want to smile, disenchanted, we feel overwhelmed.
We realize these words do not belong to us, or at least they do not yet belong to us completely. Yes, this is normal: otherwise they would be our words, and not those of Jesus. It is He who gives us the guarantee of the truth. His words are not ours, but God’s, backed up by the testimony of One who knew what He was saying. In the moment in which the recitation of the Our Father becomes ‘babbling’ for us too, we would be like the pagans, lavish with words but detached from life.
Today I choose a phrase or a word of the “Our Father”, and in reciting it I stop at it, I pause and I make those words resonate within me. I wonder why they struck me; I let myself be transformed.
The Voice of Pope Francis
Real wisdom presupposes an encounter with reality.
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