Tuesday 9th September – Tuesday of week 23 of the year
Reflection: Luke 6: 12-19
Each time I read about Jesus spending long hours in prayer, I find myself wondering what He must have been praying about since He is God Himself. Did He really need to pray? Let us bear in mind that He was truly divine and truly human at the same time when He walked the streets of our world. Hence as a human person He found direction and strength in prayer.
Much more than anything else, by His habit of spending time with God, Jesus sought to teach us the importance of prayer. His life gives us an insight into how we ought to relate with God our Father. Today’s reading shows us how intensely He prayed before choosing the twelve apostles; those who were to be His closest associates and the pillars of the Church He would establish.
Dear friends, we make choices and decisions every day. As young people, we make extremely important decisions such as choices of career, close associates, spouses etc. Let us take time to pray like our Master did. Let us seek God’s face as we make these all important decisions and ask Him for direction. When we do, we are assured of His leading and we can trust that our future is secure in His hands.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for always being ready to listen to me. Please help me to make prayers the backbone of my life and a source of direction for every decision I make. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 475 – How did Jesus pray?
Jesus’ life was one single prayer. At decisive moments (His temptation in the desert, His selection of the apostles, His death on the Cross) His prayer was especially intense. Often He withdrew into solitude to pray, especially at night. Being one with the Father in the Holy Spirit—that was the guiding principle of His earthly life.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: 1 Corinthians 6: 1-11; Psalm 149: 1-6, 9; Luke 6: 12-19