As I put these words down on paper, I have just given a short talk on prayer to a group of believers. The scriptural reference is Saint Luke’s gospel, chapter eleven, verses one through four. Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray by giving us the “Lord’s Prayer”, the Our Father. Most every Christian; Catholic or Protestant knows the words by heart and that is the key to effective prayer, it comes from the heart.
Our readings for this week all speak of the power of meaningful prayer.
· The Old Testament in the Book of Sirach says: “The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest until it reaches its goal.”
· The Psalm response is: “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”
· The New Testament reading from Saint Paul’s second letter to Timothy: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat.”
· And the Gospel from Saint Luke tells us the story of two people who went up to the temple to pray. One of the two, a Pharisee, basically praised himself and told God how good he was compared to the tax collector. The tax collector humbled himself in the sight of the Lord and prayed from his heart: “Be merciful to me, a sinner.” The humble man went home justified in God’s sight.
God longs to express His boundless and endless love for each one of us by meeting our needs to the point of overflowing. Even if we don’t pray, He still holds together every molecule of our bodies. He is still the source of every good thing. But when we do pray we are kept aware of Him as our Source and that opens our lives to receive His great mercy and love forever! And for that we should be eternally grateful.
Peace, Deacon Steve
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC