First Tuesday of Lent

February 20, 2018 / By: Max Puffer

Is 55:10-11/Mt 6:7-15

In today’s gospel Jesus says how we should pray. Taking the time to pray can be hard given the busyness of our college schedules and the easiness of saying a generic prayer instead of sitting in silence with God. Yet, Jesus tells us not to focus on the quantity of our words when we pray. Why is this? Because Jesus wants to simply spend time with us. He wants us to be genuine and honest with Him about our lives and what’s on our mind. We don’t need to be constantly vocal in prayer, hoping our words are heard. Instead we can be real and honest with God no matter where we are in our state of life.

In saying we don’t need lengthy prayers, he also approaches us in our weakness. Sometimes we just don’t know what to say to God. We can either be at a loss for words or nothing comes to mind. Jesus reminds us today that we don’t have to speak, only spend time with Him. Jesus says today you don’t have to speak, only spend time with me. The true beauty of Christian prayer is shown in today's gospel because in the end despite the quantity or quality of our words, God simply wants to be with us and for us to be honest with Him.

Prayer is one of the areas in which we are called to grow during Lent. May we find the ways and the time to be alone with God, without worrying on what to say or how to say it. Knowing that God already knows everything in our hearts. God desires this time with us and is always knocking and waiting for us to open the door. Sometimes we are also afraid of what might happen if we open our hearts to God. What will He say? Will He tell us to do something? At times like this and throughout Lent, let us remember these words in the face of fear, “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of affliction, to give you an end and patience.” (Jeremiah 29:11 DRBO)

Max Puffer