Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 6:12-19 – TWENTY-THIRD WEEK OF THE YEAR: Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Just as Jesus prayed before He made His selection of Apostles, so prayer should precede the major decisions of our life.
Conflicts among us will inevitably arise. It is no sign of maturity to paper them over with synthetic smiles. Our differences must be approached with candor and honesty. It is important, however, that we pray before we deal with conflict.
Such prayer opens our minds to the work of the Holy Spirit, reminds us that there is a larger dimension at work in the world than a specific conflict, and encourages us to participate in advancing the Kingdom of God even in our resolution of conflicts, The Lord’s time of prayer had precisely these functions. It was a time when He let the Father’s will inform His choices.
Prayer will not bring an authentic solution to our conflicts for us. It will enable us to resolve them in a Christ filled spirit.
Jakarta, 11 September 2018
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