- Last week's homily is in the library>>>
- This week's Sunday readings are available at usccb.org>>>
- I will be presiding and preaching at the 5:30 Mass on 7/24 and the 12:30 Mass on 7/25
This week's readings are all about prayer or better...praying. One theologian has listened to the Lord's Prayer and to the wider scriptures and suggested what I think are four great "laws" about prayer.
The four laws are :
1. Faith - you must have a relationship with God in faith before you can pray
2. Forgiveness - you cannot enter into communion with God (a good definition of prayer) Who is Love if you are not loving and reconciled with others
3. Persistence - part of prayerfulness is the ability to practice it without "it" being satisfied. Praying is part of the answer to prayers
4. In the Name of Jesus - It is through Jesus that we make every prayer. In the Name of Jesus guarantees that our prayer is rightly ordered.
My preaching will begin with the last "law" first. I am thinking that the role of "asking in the name of Jesus" might hold the answer to our most troubling questions about praying. What is your most troubling question about praying?
Let me know.