September 6, 2022

The Gospel we hear today is Saint Luke’s customary introduction to a scene of more than usual significance. Jesus goes up the mountain to pray and spends the whole night in prayer, after which he calls his disciples and from them chooses those whom we know as the Twelve Apostles.

In choosing twelve, with obvious reference to the twelve tribes of Israel, Jesus unites the faith and hope of the Chosen People with the fulfillment of God’s promises in himself and the new Israel he established founded on the Twelve Apostles. In an ever-developing ministry, Jesus now has others who will share in this ministry and assure continuity in the life of the Church after the Ascension of the Lord.

Of the four gospel writers, Saint Luke focuses more than the others on the place of prayer in the ministry of Jesus. From the example they have observed in Jesus, the apostles know that no ministry will be fruitful unless imbued with a spirit of prayer or by the Spirit in prayer. Indeed, Luke will make contact with the Spirit in prayer, the driving force of the growth of the Church as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.

In the Rule of Life for Associates number 8, we read that “the method of prayer taught by Saint Peter Julian Eymard is inspired by the celebration of the Eucharist,” and Pope Francis has said the Eucharist is a school of charity and solidarity. This prayer, therefore, inspires us in our ministry to be “attentive to the needs of all, to share their grief and pain, their joy and hope” (Eucharistic Prayer for Various Needs, 111). This is our Eucharistic praying lived out.

Let Us Pray:

Father, grant us your Spirit that we may be one with Christ in all we do.


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