First Thursday of Lent

Daily Inspiration

First Thursday of Lent

Do we ask the Lord for help?

From today’s Scripture:“When I called, you answered me; you built up strength within me.” (Ps. 138:3)

Today’s responsorial psalm proclaims on this day I called for help, and God answered. That’s a prayer for all of us. Indeed, the Lord answers us, constantly. Today’s Gospel calls us to seek the Lord. For the one who knocks, the door will be opened. We are seekers; our goal is to seek the Lord. 

Do we ask the Lord for help? Often I may ask, is the Lord listening? In our lives we may ask for things that we feel we need. The Lord, who knows our needs, will lead us in another direction. I may seek a new job. I may not get the job, but maybe something better for myself will develop. We may get frustrated, but we can not give up on prayer. I pray, the Lord listens.

A great example of prayer is St. Monica, who prayed for the conversion of her son Augustine back in the fourth century. After his conversion, St. Augustine became one of the great leaders of the early Church.

Let us pray: Lord, I love you. You watch over me, and guide me. You call me to grow in love and service. Give me patience and peace of heart as I continue to keep knocking. Give me your loving blessing for all my needs. Amen.



Today’s author is Glenmary Father Vic Subb, pastor of Holy Family and Divine Savior missions in Macon and Clay counties, in Tennessee.

Crucifix photo courtesy Martin Jernberg

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