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Sharing the Word for February 7, 2018

Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

February 7, 2018

Daily Reading from the USCCB: Mark 7:14-23

Jesus speaks to the crowds and His disciples about relating to God. It’s not a matter of saying the right words or performing certain ritual actions. What matters is what’s in our heart and what comes out of our heart.

Christian spirituality has taught believers how to pray. We are to pray with attention, keeping our minds focused on the meaning of what we are saying. We are to pray with dedication to the greatness and majesty of God. We are to pray with love for God and for our neighbor, conscious that prayer isn’t so much a matter of asking for things, but of expressing our confidence that God’s providence will prevail.

Overall, prayer is a matter of reverently lifting our hearts to God.