Sunday 28 July 2019
17TH WEEK Week I Psalter
17th Sunday In Ordinary Time
Genesis 18:20-32. Psalm 137(138):1-3, 6-8. Colossians 2:12-14. Luke 11:1-13.
Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me – Psalm 137(138):1-3, 6-8
‘Lord, teach us to pray.’
This request from one of his disciples captures a desire on the part of Jesus’ closest followers to learn from him how he would like them to pray. Like them, we seek to learn a prayer that will be an entry point to a deeper relationship. In a few words, the prayer acknowledges the Father and his kingdom. We call on him to sustain us with daily food; we beg forgiveness of sins; and we renew our commitment to forgiving others. Finally, we ask for the Father’s help when confronting evil.
Through their association with Jesus, the disciples know very well that this prayer reflected the way Jesus lived his life. The prayer became central to their life of faith, before being passed on down through the generations to us. Let us ask for the grace to return again to this prayer today and all days.