Thursday of the 11th week in the ordinary time

Theme: The Lord’s Prayer

In the gospel reading of today, we see Jesus teaching his disciples how to pray. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus was very comprehensive and all-encompassing too, without too much emphasis on the self. This says a lot to you and I as Christians and children of God. Sometimes our personal prayers are self-centred and exclusively for us and our loved ones. Today Jesus gives us a guide on how to pray in a way that is selfless and pleasing to God. My brothers and sisters in Christ, the fact that the disciples of Christ were willing to learn from their master how to pray, simply shows that prayer is important and a necessity in our life. Thus, we are all encouraged on a day like this by our liturgy to be people of prayer; both in our individual life and also in our families.

Dearly beloved in Christ, as Christians and followers of Christ, one of our weapons of warfare is prayer, and we must do all within our power to make it part of our life. The more prayerful we are, the more connected we will be with the Divine. We must never allow anything to separate us from our prayer life; not even the challenges and difficulties of life.

May the almighty God bless his words in our hearts. Peace be with you. Amen.

Thursday of the 11th week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp