For the past three weeks, the Liturgy of the Word has been urging us to focus on prayer and to be men and women of prayer: men and women who come to the Lord with the totality of our personalities, our past our present and our futures.
Referring to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (number 2559ff ), we read:
WHAT IS PRAYER?
‘Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.’ (St John Damascene, De fide orth) But when we pray do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or ‘out of the depths’ of a humble and contrite heart? (Ps 130) He who humbles himself will be exalted; (cf Lk18:9-14) humility is the foundation of prayer. Only when we humbly acknowledge that ‘we do not know how to pray as we ought’ are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. ‘Man is a beggar before God.’ (St Augustine, Sermo 56) Let us spend some quality time with God in prayer! As part of our prayer routine, we could consider spending 15 – 30 minutes each day with the Scriptures. The first reading and our Gospel passage for this weekend eminently lend themselves to Lectio Divina (contemplative meditation). Some wonderful images emerge from these readings and, when taken together, offer us an important message. What is God saying to you as you meditate on His Word?
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