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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

2 Corinthians 11:1-11 ;

Psalm 111:1-4, 7-8;

Gospel MT 6:7-15


Jesus said to his disciples: "In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

"This is how you are to pray:

'Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'

"If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions."

 

Prayer and Prayerfulness

  

The advice given by Jesus before he taught the disciples how to pray is worth reflecting. Here we find the most essential quality of prayer. He tells his disciples that it is needless to use a lot of meaningless words while praying. What does Jesus mean?


Jesus’ injunction shows the central characteristic of Prayer. Prayer is essentially a disposition, an attitude, a way of life, a relationship with God, other people and the nature. Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach always, if needed use words”. In this way we can say with regard to prayer, “Pray always, if needed use words”.


To be prayerful is more important than reciting a few prayers. If we are not prayerful persons, reciting vocal prayes may not be very useful. For, we can recite any number of prayers without even thinking of God and forgetting that we are sitting in his presence. But prayerfulness means our constant awareness that we are in his presence.


-         A prayerful person will be sensitive to his relationship with others.

-         A prayerful person will be humble.

-         A prayerful person will be generous.

-         A prayerful person will be obedient, kind and compassionate.On the other hand,

-         when we are focused only on vocal prayers, we may be proud, thinking “ I pray enough”.

-         Such persons may be arrogant and look down upon others, who may not be regular in vocal prayers.


But it should not be misunderstood that vocal prayers are not needed. Vocal prayers are needed, that is why Jesus taught it. But before one begins to pray the vocal prayers, one must make sure to grow in prayerfulness. A prayerful heart easily understands what one prays and tries to practice it. The implications of the hard condition that Jesus inserts in his prayer – to forgive others – can be understood only by prayerful hearts.


Dr. Jacob Marangattu CMI


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