Thursday, March 18, 2010

Jesus and Prayer

When "his hour" came, Jesus prayed to the Father. His prayer, the longest transmitted by the Gospel, embraces the whole economy of creation and salvation, as well as his death and Resurrection. The prayer of the Hour of Jesus always remains his own, just as his Passover "once for all" remains ever present in the liturgy of his Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church 2746

Jesus was the model of prayer for us all to emulate. He always prayed before the" big things" that were to happen: before he selected his disciples (Luke 6:12) In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve

And of course Gethsemane: Matthew 26:36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray."

In Mark 1:35 we read "Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed."

In Luke 5:16 The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

The two common themes - Jesus went to a private place be it the desert or the mountain and he spent his prayer time in darkness. In our busy lives that are too often engaged in the noise of the world, we must make opportune time to engage in prayer. This is as describe the Church the vital and personal relationship with the true God.
As Lent mores closer to the Passion and Death of Our Lord let us move closer to be united with Him in our prayer.

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