Readings and Reflection for February 25 Thursday of the First Week of Lent


Entrance Antiphon 
To my words give ear, O Lord; give heed to my sighs. Attend to the sound of my cry, my King and my God.

Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, a spirit of always pondering on what is right and of hastening to carry it out, and since without you we cannot exist, may we be enabled to live according to your will. Through our Lord. . .

I have no helper but you, Lord.
A reading from the Book of Esther (Esther 14:1.3-4.11.13-14)

In those days: Esther the queen, seized with deathly anxiety, fled to the Lord. And she lay on the earth together with all her maid- servants, from morning until evening, and said: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you; help me, who am alone and have no helper but you, for my danger is in my hand. I have heard from the books of my ancestors that you liberate all those who are pleasing to you, O Lord, until the very end. And now, assist me, who am all alone, and have no one but you, O Lord, my God. Come to my aid, for I am an orphan. Put eloquent speech in my mouth before the lion, and turn his heart to, hate the man who is fighting against us, so that there may be an end of him and those who agree with him. But save us from the hand of our enemies; turn our mourning into gladness and our affliction into well-being.”

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 138:1-2a.2bcd-3.7d-8 (R. 3a)
 On the day I called, you answered me, O Lord.

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart;
you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I praise you.
I bow down toward your holy temple. R.

I give thanks to your name
for your merciful love and your faithfulness.
You have exalted your name and your promise over all.
On the day I called, you answered me;
you increased the strength of my soul. R.

R. On the day I called, you answered me, O Lord.

With your right hand you save me;
the Lord will accomplish this for me.
O Lord, your merciful love is eternal;
discard not the work of your hands. R.

Glory and praise to you, O Christ. Create in me a clean heart, O God; restore to me the joy of your salvation. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.

“Every one who asks receives.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 7: 7- 12)

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Today’s Reflection

As a reciprocal, communicative event, prayer is an expression of our trustful relationship with God, it is predicated on God’s love and fidelity to His creation, His care and His providence. In her ‘mortal peril” Esther presents herself to God with total self-abandon: “I am alone and have no one but You, Lord. “In the Gospel, Jesus encourages us to dare to present ourselves and our needs to God (ask, seek, knock), trusting that ‘God gives good things to those who ask Him!,  What God gives in response to our prayers is what is good for us – and He alone knows what is ultimately good for us. God does not always give us what we want, but what we need – and He knows what we really need.


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