St Denis & Companions, St John Leonardi

St Denis & Companions, St John Leonardi

Wednesday, October 09, 2019, Readings: Jon 4:1-11; Ps 85[86]:3-6, 9-10; Lk 11:1-4

I sometimes encounter Western tourists who have come to India on a spiritual journey. What astounds me is their humility in wanting to learn something new, whether yoga or meditation.

Jesus’ disciples were Jews and surely knew the common Jewish prayers. Yet they realised there was something different about the way Jesus prayed. Maybe it was his appearance at his transfiguration (Mt 17:2), maybe his retreating to a quiet place to pray (Lk 5:16). But they had the courage to ask him (Focus). It made me reflect on my own prayer life.

Has prayer become just regurgitation? Endless repetition – exactly what Jesus warned against (Mt 6:7)? Or is it a revitalising experience, a chance to encounter him, which will leave me changed.

We know that we are not perfect. Yet Jesus teaches us to have an intimate relationship with the infinite. Not to be scared, but to cry out “Abba Father” every day, especially when we are faced with trials and tribulations.

God treats us like his children, not slaves, and desires neither appeasement nor sacrifice but only mercy (Mt 9:13). As we grow to love God, we will experience his good, compassionate and forgiving nature and cry, ‘Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul’ (Ps 85[86]:4).

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