Sunday July 28th 2019
How to pray ; in the Bible we are encouraged to pray always, to Thank God in all states and situations in which we find ourselves. What is prayer? What is it to pray? When should one pray? But how do we pray and why is it that we must pray. The answers to the questions are found in the first reading and the gospel of today.
The second reading reminds us that as a result of our baptism we have been inserted into Christ's death and resurrection, thus died to sinful ways of life, risen to a new life - In other words, through baptism we become members of the body of Christ. So, being in Christ, we are to pray like the Master. Often we find ourselves wanting when we pray, we don't know what we want or what is truly good for us. We ask God for something today, the next day we ask for another thing different.
To be able to look at people as God sees them, we are to purify our minds and hearts, and this can only happen in prayer. Jesus has given us the great prayer - the Our Father. It is a prayer for every occasion and for all times. In it we see immediately that prayer is a child - Father affair. It is a family affair based on a relationship of familiarity and love. Real prayer is when we place ourselves in the presence of God, when we do that, our thoughts becomes prayer, the use of words will no more be necessary. The greatest of all prayers is the Mass. During Mass, we experience God's love in a very especial way. Let us not stay away from this great opportunity.
Father Ignatius Dibeashi