Today’s first reading is a lesson in prayer and also gives us a glimpse into a special relationship—that of Abraham and God.
The very creative and imaginative author of Genesis provides for us an astonishing conversation in the form of a prayer of petition. In it we see a number of key elements of a prayer style to reflect upon: boldness, humility, persistence, an intimate conversation, and a deep faith. For it is Abraham’s faith and trust that he is special in God’s eye that he can be so honest, forthright and even bargain with the Creator and King of the universe.
We believe that Jesus is the face of God. In his “sermon on the mount” Jesus invites us his disciples to say “Abba” (dada, papa) when addressing the Creator and King of the universe. And yet, how confident and convinced are we in addressing God this way in our prayer? How honest are we really when we pray to God?
In a letter written in 1864, Father Eymard wrote: “Have confidence in prayer. ‘Ask and you shall receive,’ our Lord said. Be yourself with the good Lord.” In many of his letters to those he gave spiritual direction, he often encouraged directees to bring their real selves and the real issues they were dealing with to the Lord.
The Eucharist is the ultimate prayer to bring our real selves. There we can experience forgiveness, healing, encouragement, hope and solidarity with a communion of fellow worshipers in the same or similar circumstances as we each find ourselves. Only the names and the faces are different.
What honest concern, question or hope do you bring to prayer and/or the Eucharist today?
Let Us Pray:
“The Lord is kind and merciful . . . forget not all his benefits. . . . he crowns you with kindness and compassion. He will not always chide, nor does he keep his wrath forever. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him. The Lord is kind and merciful.” (From today’s Psalm)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)