Gospel Luke 11:1-13
Today’s Gospel is a message about prayer. It is the difference between devotional prayer and contemplative prayer. Prayer is a dialogue of intimacy with our Saviour, an encounter. At Mass we contemplate God’s creation and see the presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
What are the benefits of prayer?
It teaches us how to live and is the space of revelation in our Christian vocations. Prayer is an answer of love. If we feel the love of God then we should show our gratitude every day in every experience of our lives. If we do the work of God then God works in us.
Jesus prayed and provoked prayer in others. In the same way we are inspired by others to pray. We need to come to Church early to prepare to encounter Jesus in the Word of God, the Eucharist and the community. We should testify our love for God and prayer. We are called to enjoy the fullness and integrity of the Mass, to nourish our faith and encounter with God.
Do you know how to pray?
Jesus taught us to pray with the daily prayer. But not to recite and repeat prayers! Prayer is a dialogue and an encounter of intimacy with God. The ‘little’ that we pray shows the ‘little’ of the love and care that we have for others. We need to mean what we say. The Our Father is a program of our life of prayer.
Don’t say “Father”, unless you behave like a son or daughter.
Don’t say “Our”, if you live isolated in your selfishness.
Don’t say “Who Art in Heaven”, if you are thinking only of worldly things.
Don’t say “Hallowed by Thy Name”, if you invoke God with your lips, but your heart is far from Him.
Don’t say “Thy Kingdom come”, if you confuse the material and spiritual kingdom.
Don’t say “Thy Will be done”, if you don’t accept what is painful.
Don’t say “Give us this day our daily bread”, if you have no care for the people who are hungry. Don’t say “Forgive us our trespasses”, if you have anger towards your brother.
Don’t say “Lead us not into temptation”, if you do not avoid the occasions of sin.
Don’t say “Deliver us from evil”, if you do not do something to combat evil.
Don’t say “Amen”, if you don’t take sincerely the words of the Our Father.
How distant are our mouths from our hearts and minds?
Our bodies may be present but our minds and souls are far away. The Our Father is our way of living.
Jesus said to His disciples – ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. But He didn’t say when or where. We need discernment, the ability to see with attention whether God is talking to me today. We need to persevere for it is easy to start something but difficult to keep it up. Don’t give up!
Today we are invited to mean what we say when we pray, to open our hearts to intimacy with God, to open our minds and souls to our community and to obtain a more prayerful atmosphere through respect in the house of God.
Lord, teach us to pray…