Posted by: livingscripture | June 18, 2015

Eleventh Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“In praying, do not babble.”   (Mathew 6: 7)

How should we live this Wordimage037-praise

 This passage seems to echo the ancient diatribe between quantity and quality.  Is a little that is good better than a lot even if it is mediocre?  Certainly, it all depends on the context.  As always, it is important to not use quality as an excuse for laziness and the incapacity of giving ‘meat’ to our actions, including our praying.  The opposite is also true.  Many words are no substitute for authentic intimacy, continual communion, and assiduous contemplation in prayer.  Prayer is somewhat like love in a relationship.  In itself, it does not need a quantity of time or of words.  It lives even if sacrificed, forgotten; however it suffers.  Celebrating it by giving it time and voice is much more beautiful, especially if time and voice restore the intensity of the rapport.  Intimacy, communion, and contemplation, if they exist, know how to last beyond absence.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me to pray with my heart and soul, to remain at times in silence before Him, to be in communion with Him throughout the day.

Lord, make my prayer authentic and authentically desired.  Help me to repeat often that I love You.

 The Voice of Robert Cheaib, Theologian

We are taught that the heart of prayer is not chatter, but dialogue; not a grocery list, but a relationship; not a genie in a lamp, but a Father, who may say no for our good; not a human goal, but a divine glance – blest be Your name; not mine but Your will, because ‘My joy lies in following Your teachings’.  (Cf. Psalm 119)


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