“Lord teach us to pray…”
As a young girl I remember sitting with my parents at the end of each day and learning to pray. My parents gently showed me how to fold my hands, how to say the “Hail Mary”, and how to ask God to care for my family and friends. As I grew, so did my catechesis. I was taught to really engage the Liturgy, to listen to the gentle voice of God, to fall in love with the God who loves me so dearly. Today I am reminded of these experiences as Jesus’ disciples turn to him with the request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” I am encouraged as Jesus not only gives us the words to speak, but also teaches us that God, who is our loving father, will always hear our prayers. As we hear in our first reading from Genesis, prayer is a powerful thing. As Abraham advocates for others, we experience the power of thoughtful and intimate prayer. Abraham draws near to the Lord throughout this encounter. Like Abraham we are invited to do the same, to experience an intimate encounter with God who is both perfect power and perfect mercy.
This week, the parish pastoral team and staff had the opportunity to retreat, to draw close to God, as we spent time in discernment and prayer. We discerned how God is calling us to be radical disciples of the Gospel while praying for our parish family and ministries. This was a truly blessed time, and we are so grateful for your prayers and support. As our community moves forward with new opportunities and transitions, may we all continue to hold our parish family in prayer, remembering Christ’s promise that the God who loves us, hears our prayers.
In Christ’s Peace,