Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 5, A.D. 2005
Psalm 86:3-6, 9-10
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Poor Jonah! Life was so hard for him that he was praying to die.
Sometimes when things aren't going our own way, or are just plain difficult,
we wonder how to pray. The Gospel for today reveals what a wonderful
opportunity we have with the prayer we know as the "Our Father." Christ
Himself taught us this prayer at the request of His apostles.
Christ starts His teaching by His own example. The apostles went to
Him as He came from praying and asked Him how they were to pray. Often in
the Gospels we hear that Christ was seeking a place to pray, or had just
come from prayer. Lesson #1 for us: pray, and pray often.
Christ then went on to pray the Our Father. It is a beautiful prayer
that is powerful, especially when said slowly and with thought. It is a
good source for meditation, even over just one word -- such as the word
"Our" at the beginning. For instance: we can reflect how everyone can call
God Father, which means we are ALL brothers and sisters! So why are there
wars and why are so many children starving?
Today might be a good time to ask ourselves the question "How often am
I saying this beautiful prayer, taught to us by Christ Himself, and do I
pray it in a slow, thoughtful and meaningful manner"?
Who art in heaven
hallowed be Thy name!
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)
Lives of the saints:
Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
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