Tuesday, 1st Week of Lent, February 23, 2021
Reading: Matthew 6:7-15
by Fr. Donald Buggert. O.Carm.
In our Gospel today Jesus says: “In your prayer do not rattle on like the pagans. They think they will win a hearing by the sheer multiplication of words. Do not imitate them.” And yet so often we do imitate them. We bombard God with words, as if God needed our words. Perhaps the prayer of mystics such as John of the Cross, a more silent, wordless prayer, is what Jesus had in mind. The word “mystic” comes from the Greek word muein, to close the eyes and lips, shh! Let’s be mystics and not rattle on like the pagans.
Join the Carmelite Community for Compline (Night Prayer) this evening. Click the image below:
Tomorrow’s reflection will be offered by Fr. Robert Traudt, O.Carm.