Wednesday 14 February 2024
Ash Wednesday | Day of fast and abstinence
Joel 2:12–18. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned – Psalm 50(51):3–6, 12–14, 17. 2 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:2. Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18.
Prayer is a conversation with God
I was reading the verse of the Gospel and I was thinking that as prayer is a conversation with God and no one else, it therefore makes sense to have that conversation in private. Recently, I was sitting on a train and found myself unintentionally listening to a phone conversation between the girl opposite me and her boyfriend, whom she had put on speaker. This conversation was louder than it would have been had the boyfriend been sitting with her, and I was left wondering about private and public conversations. This conversation was a display, whether she was conscious that that was what she was doing or not. For whatever reason, she was performing for us, and the conversation was stilted and strange. An honest conversation is one that is for those involved, not a display for others.