Tuesday of Lent Week 1, or Prayer and Work

Collect: Look upon your family, Lord, that, through the chastening effects of bodily discipline, our minds may be radiant in your presence with the strength of our yearning for you.

Continuing on with the theme of reflecting on Lent as a full time working, college graduate, let me preface with how my day went:

  • 6:30 am- woke up, showered, changed for work, etc.
  • 7:20 am- left house, drove to work
  • 8:15 am- arrived at office
  • 8:30 am- Conference call 1
  • 9:00 am- Conference call 2
  • 10:00 am- Conference call 3
  • 10:30 am- work at desk
  • 12:15 pm- lunch
  • 12:45 pm- back to work
  • 6:35 pm- left office
  • 7:30 pm- arrived home
  • 8:00 pm- dinner

It just so happens that Tuesdays are one of my busy days, with sometimes 2-3 conference calls in the morning before I can actually get to work. Where, then, can one really get the time to pray or meditate with a schedule such as this?

Today’s Gospel reading is quite providential when it comes to answering that question.

Matthew 6:7-15
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.

“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

“If you forgive men their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

 

If our life is a prayer, then our life must be fulfilling God’s will; therefore, our work must be according to God’s will. The work we have the blessing to do is from using our God-given talents and abilities; and it is through this work that we are able to sustain ourselves. We then ask forgiveness for our sins, and for the grace to forgive those who sin against us. Then we ask for the grace to not succumb to temptation so that we may be saved from eternal damnation.

And so as busy as we can get with life, work, family, and friends, let us not forget to align ourselves to the only prayer Christ has given us. May it sustain us, not only in this Lent, but for the rest of our lives.

His will be done.

 

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