🙏 Friday after Ash Wednesday: 2-19-21
Will God Answer Your Prayer?
Yes, but with one condition: You need to answer others’ “prayer”.
Today God wants us to fast and pray at the same time in order to hear both our stomach grinding, which is our own needs, and the needs of the people around us. In Isaiah, God encourages us to cloth the naked, visit the sick, share bread with the hungry and set the oppressed free. If we can do this, God will answer our prayer immediately.
God says, “Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!”
Yesterday I had a chance to change spark plugs, spark plug wires, and do a few things for the old car of friends of mine at their house. After I started the work I realized I was entering an impossible job. I was not sure I could finish the work before 5pm. Too much, too cold and too hard for me. I was praying: Jesus, help me please. If you stand next to me at that moment, you could hear my prayer. I did say this prayer a few times during my work. Right around 5pm, I finished fixing up the car. The car could start again. I was so happy. I thanked God for answering my prayer. I believed it.
(Advice: Make sure you don’t bring your car to a mechanic that prays while he’s fixing your car. It seems he is not confident in what he’s doing.:))
Lent is a time to focus on our true necessary relationship with God, oneself and others. Do not underestimate the power of fasting and prayer. The fruit of Fasting and Prayer is Almsgiving.
Question: Do you believe that God will answer your prayer?
Thursday after Ash Wednesday: 2-18-21
Choose Life or Choose Death
After hearing and learning the guideline of Jesus about fasting, prayer and almsgiving yesterday, today God wants us to be very clear about our goal and motivation. Choose life or choose death? That is the question.
Even though we are living (comfortably) does not mean we are very guaranteed to have life. Jesus said in the gospel today: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” Maybe you try to “save” your life but you are not sure of your eternal life.
God wants us to live so that we can have life eternal. Suffering, carrying our cross daily, rejection, and even being killed are not death. They are only temporary deaths. If we listen to God’s voice and believe in God who is merciful and source of eternal life, then we have no fear and anxiety. Let’s choose to live for Eternal Life not for eternal death.
Question: Are you living or are you dying?
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,My name is Fr. Tat, Redemptorist and pastor at St. Gerard’s in Baton Rouge. I am sending you a link to invite you for The Gospel of Hope every Wednesday, starts from Ash Wednesday Feb. 17, at 7PM (CT). We will read the up-coming Gospel and talk with God through the Word and share with one another with the Word. I will be a facilitator of the gathering. Jesus is our Hope! How can we find Hope today through the Gospel? This is not a Bible study but a Bible sharing and living.Join us and check it out. Please share this message with your friends and family, especially those who are dealing with hopelessness now.I hope to meet y’all on ZOOM tomorrow. If you have any questions, please call me 312-723-9558.With Peace and Hope!Fr. Tat Hoang, C.Ss.R.Topic: The Gospel of Hope: Repent and Believe in the GospelTime: Feb 17, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time(US and Canada)Meeting ID: 833 1159 9785Passcode: 588231