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Thursday the 11th Week of the Year

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Thursday the 11th Week of the Year

Matthew 6:7-15

For Jesus, being in right relationship with people is important when we pray to “Our Father.”

The first word of the ‘Our Father’ tells us
that prayer is not a private matter
between God and ourselves.

Prayer is never exclusive of others.

He is “Our” Father, not just “my” Father.
Once again Jesus is stressing
the importance of relationship,
love of God and neighbor.

How important it is to bring
all the people we have been with
since the last time God drew near to us in prayer.

Also, other people will come to mind in our thoughts
as well while we are praying.

There is a good reason they come to mind.

For Jesus, being in right relationship with people
is important when we pray to “Our Father.”

‘Babble’ for Jesus is using words
that are phony and have little to do
with what we are truly feeling and experiencing.

While words are important, if we use them,
they must connect with our experience.

Always be honest with the Lord.

I like to think that the more our words connect
with our life experiences,
the deeper we are in God’s holy Presence.

There are times that words elude us.

 

That’s why St. Paul refers to ‘groans.’

These are truths about God and ourselves
that the Holy Spirit inspires in us.

Sometimes during a beautiful prayer experience,
someone may come to mind that causes us to feel agitated.

We must not be afraid to embrace that person in our hearts.

Jesus wants us to settle things with them,
through him, in his Presence during prayer.

In such moments of vulnerability with Jesus,
the seeds of reconciliation are being born.
Trust Jesus that he is creating in us
a new heart that very moment.

That new heart he is creating
is his own heart and the love
he has for that person.

Our prayer can seem wanting.

However, we can pray ‘Our Father’
honestly and with deep conviction.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

One Comment

  1. Well put Father. Thanks for sharing this spiritual teaching..

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