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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 10, 2018

Wednesday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Gal 2: 1-2 & 7-14,

Gospel LK 11:1-4


Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
"Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."
He said to them, "When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test."

 

Prayer

 

One of the Sufi stories I have read is an anecdote about a group of three monks who lived in an island in the Caribbean Sea. They knew only one prayer which they always repeated, “God you are three and we are three and bless us!” A Biblical Scholar who happened to reach the island due to a shipwreck listened to their prayer and got excited. He was sympathetic towards them because they knew no prayers, nor chants, and neither any dogma.  So he decided to teach them to pray till he waited for his new ship to come. Days went about and the Theologian was desperate to know that these ‘foolish’ monks had very poor memory that stopped them from learning any systematic prayer. Now he has almost taught the prayer Our Father and the Scholar was happy that he could do at least that much.


On a fine morning the ship appeared in the horizon to take away the theologian and the monks bid him farewell. But no sooner did he leave the shore he heard a loud cry from behind, crying ‘master please stop...we have forgotten the prayer.’ Turning back the theologian was astonished to find the three monks walking over the waters and approaching him. They pleaded him to teach them the prayer once again the same prayer since it was deleted from their short memory.


The theologian asked, children how were you praying? They replied, “Father, Almighty God, you are three, we are three; bless us!”  He said ‘Now go back and continue the same prayer and do not worry about the complicated prayers.’  Yet, he was astonished at their ability to walk over the waters.


People of the day who aspire to be praying are a lot confused at the emergence and explosion of so many types of prayers. Cult and traditions have brought in still varieties of prayers, and poor faithful are confused and challenged. Charismatic movements and further developments a lot of variations and retreats and recollections are again varied. Now the ordinary Faithfull’s ordinary prayer life is under threat. At home you were taught the first prayer as ‘Sign of Cross’ by your mother. Recollect these nostalgic moments. How integral a prayer that is! You are sealing your head, your lips and your chest with the sign of cross and thus you bless your intellect, your words & deeds and your heart. Your thoughts, words and feelings are blessed. Our Lord is reminding us today of the simplicity we should follow in prayer life. Prayer is not the bombarding of complicated words but simple and serene expression of love, gratitude and intercession that will make you a perfect praying man. ‘Our Father’ is a challenge before us to abide by the Divine will, accept everything as the Will of God and be concerned about the present alone. And we say Amen to our consent.


Fr. Biju Tharaniyil CMI


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