Tuesday of the First Week
In today’s readings, God reminds us of the unique and powerful purpose He has lovingly designed for each and every one of us. In His infinite mercy, He invites the faithful to embrace His offer of salvation and forgiveness, calling us to live boldly in the light of His Word, and to extend this same spirit of compassion to those around us. It can be difficult to remain focused on this calling in a world full of secular distractions, obstacles, and pursuits, but the words of the responsorial psalm reassure us of the unconditional and absolute love and strength of the Lord, who “rescues [us]” from our own human failings. Rather than allowing ourselves to become wrapped up in the shallow trappings of the materialistic world, the readings challenge us to live deeply, devoting ourselves to “achieving the end for which” God has made us. It also fortifies us with the promise that this challenge need not be tackled alone; the Lord protects and delivers us in the face of hardship and pain. We are comforted by the Gospel’s affirmation of our indelible link to the Lord who “knows what [we] need before [we] ask him,” and who hears the prayers of those who love Him, giving each of us reason to live our lives “radiant with joy.”
Lord, help us to live our lives compassionately, in fearless devotion to Your Word, and strengthen us with the promise of Your protection.
Miriam Pritschet, ’18
First Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19
Gospel: Matthew 6:7-15
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website