PRAY ALWAYS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd   Saturday of Ordinary Time November 14, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. (Luke 18: 1) How shall I live this Word? It would seem that Jesus has a particular predilection for single women, because they represent the entire biblical category of the defenseless, widows or strangers, those defended by God. Therefore, once again the Master makes a woman the protagonist of His speaking through images. He creates a parable about the need to pray always. And this command seems to us impossible to implement. But always praying should not be confused with reciting prayers without interruption, Jesus himself said it: when you pray, do not multiply words. Because praying is like loving. In fact, there is always time to love: if you love someone, you always love them. So it is with God: “Desire always prays, even if the tongue is silent. If you always desire, you always pray” (St. Augustine). “Action that is not born of prayer is like an arrow shot at random from a loose bow: without end and without strength it cannot...

Eleventh Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Eleventh Thursday of Ordinary Time June 18, 2020 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. (Matthew 6: 7-8) How shall I live this Word? The temptation to live like ‘pagans’ in our heart and in our life is always lurking! “Do not babble like the pagans…”, do not multiply your words like those who with erudite discourses and with accurate language, believe they are impressing God by pleasing themselves. The search for ourselves is not the search for God. The search for God is relationship and is accomplished in love. Prayer is listening, silence, dialogue; it is not a monologue centered on ourselves. The ‘pagans’ do not ‘know’ God, thus they have a formal, rational rapport with Him. Jesus asks us to take off our masks, the ones of our ‘ego’ and instead, entrust ourselves to Him who knows everything before we ourselves know it; to Him who is Father. Lord, help us to be vigilant in our prayer, our words,...