Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (I) (11th October, 2017) on the Gospel
Ps 85:3-6.9-10. (R.v.15);
Topic: Lord, teach us to pray.
One of Jesus’ disciples requested after He had finished praying, “Lord, teach us to pray....” And Jesus taught them to pray, “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 indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”
This is the only prayer Jesus taught us. As a result, it stands as the model of every Christian prayer.
In this prayer, God is at the centre. Both the one who prays and every other creature depend on God. The Psalmist rightly wrote, “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season” (Ps 145:15). We all are the people of his pasture, cf. Ps 95:7.
Today, the reverse is the case. Many have taken the position of God. Prayers said by many today are more likened to the prayer of the Pharisee in Luke chapter 18 verses 11-12. We know the result. If you have forgotten just read the passage again.
There is urgent need for us to acknowledge that we do not know how to pray as we ought. We must ask the Holy Spirit to help us in our weakness, cf. Rom 8:26. Every creature ought to praise our creator, cf. Rev 5:13.
Bible Reading: Lk 18:9-14.
Thought for today: We totally depend on God.
Let us pray: God, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to you till you have mercy upon us – Amen (cf. Ps 123:2).
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