Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 21, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Psalm 111:1b-2, 3-4, 7-8
Matthew 6:7-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

"In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words." (Matthew 6:7)

For prayer to be effective it must be sincere and from the heart. We achieve the fullness of prayer, not when we express ourselves to God, but when we let our whole being echo Jesus' attitude toward the Father.

Prayer is a divine dialogue between humanity and its Creator that cannot be attained by mere words. But by living our lives conscious of the divine dimension of life, of God acting in and through us, our lives become a true prayer to the Father.

Our daily lives, lived in love and obedience and dedicated to our Lord, become a true prayer of the heart that draws us into a deeper intimacy with God.

"If the cry to the Lord uttered by those who pray is made with the sound of the bodily voice without the heart being turned to God, who can doubt that it is made in vain? But if it comes from the heart, even if the bodily voice is silent, it can be concealed from everyone else but not from God. Therefore, when we pray--whether aloud as required or silently--to God, our cry must come from the heart." (St. Augustine: Commentary on Psalm 118)

- Anne

Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, religious

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