WEDNESDAY, TWENTY SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Jon 4: 1-11; Ps 86: 3-6, 9-10; Lk 11: 1-4
PRAYER IS A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that prayer is ‘a vital and personal relationship with the living God. …the living relationship of the children of God with their Father.’ Yet, there are moments in life, especially in times of prosperity and success, when we tend to forget God and his love for us. In fact, in such moments, we must be all the more committed to prayer, thanking God for the blessings bestowed. Prayer should not only be a refuge in times of trial. We need to talk to God like a friend, telling him of our most cherished moments and our deepest fears, and listening to his wise counsel, his compassionate word, his loving will for us.
‘Prayer in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us,’ said the Carmelite saint and teacher of prayer, St Teresa of Avila. Today’s first reading speaks of a loving, merciful, patient and kind God. Mercy is who God is; it is another word for love. We need to ask the Lord in prayer to be merciful just as he is merciful. In these times of uncertainty, depression, sorrow, it is all the more important to spend more time in prayer. We need to draw ourselves much closer to him so that we may obtain his grace, mercy and a compassionate heart.
In today’s gospel passage, Jesus teaches his disciples and us to pray to ‘Our Father’. The prayer ‘Our Father’ helps us begin a loving conversation with God. We pray the Our Father with the attitude of a small child sitting on the lap of its dad who with loving caresses, is eager to listen to what the child has to say. When we pray this beautiful prayer we thank God for all the little things in life that he has blessed us with. The prayer also shows our willingness to accept God’s plan for our lives rather than our own will. Let us in prayer become close to God and grow abundantly in mercy.
Response: You are slow to anger, O Lord, and abundant in mercy.
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