Gospel: Luke 11:1-4
One day, Jesus was praying in a certain place; and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” And Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say this: Father, may your name be held holy, may your kingdom come; give us, each day, the kind of bread we need, and forgive us our sins; for we also forgive all who do us wrong; and do not bring us to the test.”
“Lord, teach us to pray.”
I sense a beautiful connection of the gospel text today to those of the past two days. Last Monday, the gospel recalls the incident where a teacher of the law inquired about inheriting eternal life (Lk. 10:25-37). Using a parable, Jesus pointed out that to inherit eternal life, knowing the commandments – loving God and neighbor – is not enough. One must put know- ledge into practice. In other words, Jesus emphasized action. Yesterday, we heard again of the story of Martha and Mary (Lk. 10:38-42). Recall that Martha complained doing all the work by herself while Mary simply sat at the feet of Jesus to listen to him. But instead of Jesus ta- king Martha’s side, he praised Mary for choosing “the better part”. Hence, instead of action, Jesus, at this point, emphasized contemplation and prayer. To- day, Jesus teaches us how to pray: pray from the heart. It is in those moments when we pray from the heart that our prayers become more honest and we become more authentic before our Father.
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