Eleventh Thursday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday June 21, 2018      Week Eleven of Ordinary Time  St. Aloysius Gonzaga  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… (Mt 6: 7-10)   How shall I live this Word? In today’s Gospel, Jesus, our one and true Teacher, gives us a masterly lesson on prayer. First of all, in the negative: He teaches us that praying does not consist in wasting many words with God regarding our various needs, “because your Father knows what things you need before you ask Him.” Praying does not consist in the vain attempt to bend God to our unrealistic desires or to try to reassure Him in our regard, because God is not a “father-master”, rather He is a genuine Father who truly loves His children, even before all their needs. In fact, Jesus was very concerned about the prayer of His disciples. He wanted them to pray always, insistently and that their prayer...