Readings:

Ecclesiasticus 48: 1 – 15
Matthew 6: 7 – 15

Reflection:                  

Jesus Teaches us how to Pray

Jesus teaches us how to pray. We are his disciples, so we are to watch Jesus and listen attentively to him. In the New Testament, I think the disciple is more an apprentice than a student. He or she watches what the Master does and follows attentively his words and action, like an apprentice learning from the master carpenter.

So Jesus teaches us how to pray:- He says don’t use lots of words as if you must inform God of your needs and wants. ’Your Father knows what you need before you ask him!’

So we shall pray simply with trusting hearts to a loving Father / Mother.  (The woman is made in God’s image just as much as the man!)

         “Our Father in heaven . . . “

We belong to a Community. We pray from where we are rooted on the earth, in a network of relationships. We never really pray as isolated individuals.

We come to praise and adore our loving Father!

         “May your name be held holy!”

We come to give glory to your name. My life, our life must also give glory to God by a holy way of life. Otherwise, my actions do not match my words.

          ‘Your kingdom come!’

May your kingdom come first of all in my heart. May the kingdom of Jesus your Son reign in my life and in the life of our family and our community.

          ‘Your will be done on earth as in heaven’

May I hunger to do your will in my life. Jesus said: ’My meat is to do the will of the one who sent me.” (John 4:34) Do I hunger to do your Will through my actions and words?

Let us let the words of the Our Father slowly penetrate our thoughts and feelings, like a perfume that penetrates a sponge, as we give praise and thanks to our Loving God.  Often, we may be praying as a group at a certain pace. But we can derive much more fruit from letting myself pray slowly in the Holy Spirit, savouring what we pray. After all, it is the Word of God that has a dynamism of its own!

Pat McIndoe CP, a Passionist at St. Gabriel’s Retreat, Boroko, Port Moresby