When prayer needs to change
I’m in that space where my old way of praying doesn’t fit right anymore. I need to make a change but I’m not sure exactly what.
Yesterday was the feast of St. Luke. My first parish and school was St. Luke’s in San Antonio, Texas… so I have a special place for Luke in me. This was the Gospel for October 18.
Jesus called 72 disciples and sent them out 2 by 2 to every place he was going to visit. He said to them:
The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
Head out now but know that I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Don’t take money or clothes or sandals.
Wherever you enter, first say: Peace to this household.
If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them: The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.
paraphrased Luke 10:1-9
What did you hear?
That was Fr. Paul’s question to the people gathered for noon Mass. Ok… what did I hear?
The harvest is abundant… but the laborers are few. You’ll be like a lamb among wolves… it’s not gonna be easy. Don’t take anything… I will provide for you. Say Peace to all you meet… yes, everyone needs more peace. Stay and eat and drink… break bread with my people. Cure the sick… especially their hearts and souls… my people need healing. Say The Kingdom of God is at hand… yes, tell them I am near.
Then Fr. Paul says… Answer the call. Do what God is asking you to do. If you don’t, it will be another missed opportunity to act in Jesus’ name.
I don’t want to miss another opportunity. Do you?
Prayer evolves. Pray on!