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Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Gal 2:1-2, 7-14
Ps 117:1bc, 2
Lk 11:1-4
Jesus teaches his disciples to pray.
When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, Jesus gave to
them the words to raise up their voices to the Father, to ask for what they
needed and to give praise to the Father, all the components of the Lord˅s
Prayer were provided.
As a parent, our children ask us to teach them many things, as infants they
are completely dependent on us. With love and a nurturing spirit we teach
them to walk, elated when they take their first steps. We also talk to them
from the moment they come into the world, sweet, loving words of encour-
agement, soothing comforting words when they are hurt or scared. We too
have the richest teachings from our Savior, the gift of prayer. When we
find situations or people difficult to deal with, we offer up a prayer for
guidance, when a tragedy happens in our lives we know that turning to our
God will help to ease the pain and sorrow that can be so overwhelming we
withdraw and suffer.
Prayer life must be constant, if it is by regularly attending Mass, having a
special place to offer up family prayers, giving thanks at each meal. Our
children learn from us how to give thanks for all we have, to turn to Jesus
when they are troubled or sad. To pray daily, to have a relationship that is
filled with compassion, love and rich encouragement that our Heavenly Fa-
ther is at our side.
In the Lord˅s Prayer, we say, ˈGive us this day our daily breadˉ. This is not
just us asking for our needs and the needs of our family, it is also us ask-