Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 11:1-4 – TWENTY-SEVENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer is more elliptical than the one given in Matthew’s Gospel. Individual prayer is very much a personal activity. Its forms are various: centering prayer, meditation, the Rosary, biblical prayer, shared prayer, novena prayer, public prayer, etc.
What the Lord Jesus describes in these few words is an attitude of prayer, a way of approaching God that was His own and should therefore belong to every Christian. The exact words themselves are secondary to the attitude they embody. To the extent that we can assimilate the attitude of Jesus at prayer, our prayer becomes an energizing and power-filled as was His. Prayer is primarily a time to let the energy and power of God flow through us. It should not become a duty but a time for refreshment and invigoration.
It is important as well to recall that in prayer we are not alone with God. We pray in union with the Church around the world. As Paul shows in today’s first reading (Galatians 2:1-2,7-14), the spiritual unity that binds us together is more important than the particular practices and expressions we use.
We are joined together as a Church less by the fact that we pray in exactly the same way as by the fact that we pray to the same Lord.
Jakarta, 10 October 2018
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