Weekend Reflections for 7/22/16
Perseverance in Prayer
"For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Lk 11:10
In Sunday's Gospel from Luke a disciple asks Jesus to teach him how to pray and he responds with a basic, shortened version of the Our Father, a prayer most of us learned as children. Jesus goes on to teach about the attitude we should have in praying. As St. Ignatius described, prayer is a conversation we have with God, as one friend speaks to another. Jesus always insists that God is a loving and merciful parent who will give His children what is good for them. If we ask Him, He will respond. A good parent sometimes has to say No to their child for their own good but they always respond. Jesus wants us to have that kind of confidence when we pray, when we speak to Our Father.
In Sunday'sResponsorial Psalm, we pray, "When I called you answered me; you built up strength within me." Ps 138:3 I find that is often God's answer to my prayer. He gives me the strength to face and deal with whatever reality is sending my way and challenging me to respond in a faithful and loving way. God's Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is always giving us the grace we need to be a little more faithful, a little more hopeful, a little more loving than we know we can be by ourselves. Let us trust that inspiration for it always leads to our good. We can add to our morning prayer, "Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen today that You and I can't get through together."
Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
UPCOMING RETREATS WITH SPACE:
Women: 8/4, 9/12, 10/3, 11/14
Men: 8/18, 8/25, 9/15
Co-Ed Recovery: 8/11
First Responders: 11/1