Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

In the Gospel today, Jesus talks about perseverance in devotion. Thecommentary to this passage from the Christian Community Bible says, Jesus pushes us to ask with determination and not get tired of expecting, but very to “tire” God by our persistence. God may not always givewhat we ask for, or not in the way we expect since we do not know whatis good for us, but He will surely impart us the Holy Spirit to get aclearer vision of his will and the gallantry to follow it.

Most of the time we forget what prayer is and so, we tend to get tiredof praying. We sometimes think that when we pray, it is a” formerly andfor all” thing in “peoples lives”. We reason out that God knows previously whatwe need, what we believe and what is inside our centers. Why else do wepray? We forget that prayer is an experience of God, an interpersonalrelationship, a contact between two persons through mutual attendance ina communication of love. It is no longer an method to learn but arelationship to be lived. Since it is relationship, then it has togrow. It compels communication.

Let us invite ourselves today: What is devotion for us? Why and how do Ipray? Once again, make us listen to Jesus in the Gospel as he exhortsand invites us to cry. Perhaps we still shortage the perseverance becauseof the challenges of our daily lives. Let us not forget that prayercomes from our feelings with the help of the Holy spirit. A Jesuitteacher, in speaking about prayer, said that If we don’t know how topray, what to pray and don’t feel like praying, the only necessary andmost important thing is to” JUST SHOW UP !” for your time of prayer.

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