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March 8, 2022

Each day of Lent helps us focus on one of the aspects of better Christian living. This season draws us to renew much in our baptismal covenants with God. Today we reflect especially on our prayer life, a life that should lead to “giving” and forgiveness.

Isaiah strongly predicted that our word would sow and lead to abundance. We must practice what we preach! Christ himself gives us a model of praying and living. Plus, with what the psalmist says today, we recognize that God always hears the distressed and assists us in our prayer. In a sense, we have less to fear if we recognize this reality.

We walk in that love of God that is constantly growing within us. This word comes from Christ’s example of praying, leading us to pray well, serve more, and recognize that each day is a gift, especially since we always receive our daily bread.

A Year with Eymard: Day by Day also focuses on the word of the Lord today: it is a seed that we are to sow and in order to bear fruit. From scripture, we receive nourishment, a seed of goodness that helps us in our distress and relieves our fears and worries (Psalm 34). We are “to preach nothing but Jesus Christ (the word) and (Christ) in the Eucharist.” Eymard sensed this as he was in procession on the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, May 25, 1845. Eymard was praying intensely and worshiping. He strove to make that a model for others.

Eymard gave us a model stemming from this famous daily prayer for when we pray. Eymard’s four-ends help us adore, thank, petition, and ask forgiveness. As we begin and end our day in prayer, perhaps in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, we can focus on these four aspects of eucharistic praying enabling us to tend the seeds sown in us that bear God’s word that we may put it into practice.

Let Us Pray:

Lord God, through your Son, you taught us how to pray and keep close to you by service and forgiveness. Teach us to be open to seeing your goodness and help us always serve the needs of others as we share our lives with them and grow in holiness and virtue, through Christ our Lord.

 

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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.