Familiarity with God in prayer…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

JANUARY 24, 2023  

Third TUESDAY of Ordinary Time

SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES

WORD of the DAY 

First, he says, Sacrifices and offerings,
burnt offerings and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.

These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, Behold, I come to do your will.
He takes away the first to establish the second.  
(Hebrews 10: 8-9)

How shall I live this Word?  

This passage invites us to be careful so that in our religiosity there are no sacrifices or offerings, often with the intimate intention of receiving something in return, as though we are putting coins in one of those vending machines that are found everywhere. The passage takes us back to the first book of Samuel chapter 12 where we read, “Samuel exclaimed, ‘Does the Lord like holocausts and sacrifices as much as obedience to the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, to be docile is better than the fat of rams’.” Docility and obedience that invite us to listen to the Lord. The question is, how should we listen to Him? There is only this answer: Bible reading and prayer. Reading to grasp His message, not for culture or to evaluate whether or not we agree with the biblical content. Prayer which is not saying formulas by heart without becoming aware that we are in the presence of the Person to whom they are addressed. If we become aware of Him, our heart will also be involved, whatever form or method of prayer it is. The heart in prayer is fundamental, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church indicates in number 2721 “The Christian tradition includes three major expressions of the life of prayer: vocal prayer, meditation, and contemplative prayer. They have in common recollection of the heart.”

Lord, help my humanity so that I can hear Your voice in an intimate relationship of friendship.

The Voice of Pope Francis General Audience 28 September 2022

The secret of the life of the saints is familiarity with and confidence in God that grow in them and makes it ever easier to recognize what is pleasing to Him. True prayer is familiarity and confidence with God.  It is not reciting prayers like a parrot, blah…blah…blah. No.  true prayer is this spontaneity and affection with the Lord. This familiarity overcomes any fear or doubt that His will is only for our good; a temptation that sometimes crosses our thoughts and makes our heart anxious and uncertain or bitter.

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