FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
11th Thursday of Ordinary Time
June 20, 2019
WORD of the DAY
In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven… (Matthew 6: 7-9)
How shall I live this Word?
Praying is being myself, finite and open to infinity. Prayer is not made of many words that do not communicate anything. Praying means abiding in God. He is at our door and asks us to come in and dine with us. He knocks insistently. It is up to us to open because the bolt is on our side. He awaits our response as a Father and listens to our requests, which He already knows. He even suggests the words, the meaning of our invocation. It is turning to the Father that Jesus taught us. It is calling God “our Father” in a chorus of brothers and sisters who together feel they are His children and thus can overcome the fatigue and at times, the fear of living. There is Someone who scrutinizes the horizon for our return from afar and comes to embrace us.
The Voice of St. Teresa of Avila
Since He is our Father, He must bear us despite the gravity of our offenses. He must forgive us when we return to Him as the prodigal son. He must console us in suffering. He must nourish us, as befits a Father like He is.
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