Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (II) (11th September, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 149:1-6.9. (R. v.4);
Topic: Need to pray always.
Today’s gospel is made-up of two parts, the choosing of the twelve apostles (Lk 6:12-16) and the gathering of great multitude around Jesus (Lk 6:17-19). We shall focus on the first part.
Jesus spent the night on the mountain in prayer to God. After that, He called His disciples and chose twelve of them, whom He named apostles.
Supposing we find ourselves in such a situation, selecting people out of those we have known for some time, how many will deem it necessary to pray? We might think otherwise. The prophet Jeremiah reads, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt; who can understand it? (Jer 17:9) Out of the heart of man comes every form of evil, cf. Mk 7:21. And it is only God who can search the mind and try the heart, cf. Jer 17:10a.
We need to pray always even in those circumstances we think we least need God, cf. 1Thess 5:17. Apart from God we are nothing, cf. Jn 15:5. We ought to pray always and never lose heart, cf. Lk 18:1. Whenever we stop praying, we are bound to sink like Peter, cf. Matt 14:30. However, before lifting our hands to God, we must make sure that they are holy and without anger or quarrelling, cf. 1Tim 2:8.
Bible Reading: Jas 5:13-20.
Thought for today: Prayer is the key.
Let us pray: Lord, teach us to pray, as you taught your disciples – Amen (cf. Lk 11:1).
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