Prayer and Action
Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:12-19.
Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.
Luke 6: 12-19.
God the Father, thank you for the giftof creation, including my own life. God the Son, thank you for redeeming me atthe price of your own Body and Blood. God the Holy Spirit, thank you for beingthe sweet guest of my soul, enlightening my mind, strengthening my spirit andkindling the fire of your love in my heart.
Call me to you, Lord Jesus, and remindme of my personal mission.
1. A Place and a Time for Prayer:
Frequentlythe Gospel tells me that Jesus prayed to his Father. What was his prayer like?First, he sought out a place that is appropriate for praying. Secondly, hededicated a significant amount of time to prayer. I can see him climbing amountain in order to spend an entire night in prayer. I can certainly learnfrom my Lord’s example. Imitating him, my prayer life can be enriched.
2. A Special Calling:
Perhaps Jesus’prayer is a bit longer than usual on this occasion. When there is an importantdecision to be made, he consults his Father to know his will. He does notimprovise when calling twelve of his followers to be his apostles, his “sentones,” his representatives. When Jesus calls me to do a special mission for hisKingdom, he also ensures that it accords with the eternal plan of the Father.
3. A Channel for God’s Grace:
Having spentthe night in prayer, Jesus has prepared himself to give generously of himselfthe following day. United to his Father, the source of all good, his actionschannel this goodness towards those who are enslaved to evil spirits or in needof divine healing. Of course, Jesus is God, and he has that power in himself byhis own right. However, he wants to give me an example of how to be a branchunited to the vine, in order to produce fruit that will last.
Lord, I do not knowhow to pray as I ought. Teach me how to pray: to prepare a place and to setaside some time exclusively for prayer. So often I act without praying, relyingonly on my own ingenuity and intelligence. Make me see that I need your wisdom.Help me to ensure, through prayer, that my actions are conformed to your will.
I will strive to offer at least onespontaneous prayer to God today, amid the activities of my daily life.