Miniature from the Monastery of Dionysius on Mount Athos painted in Constantinople 1059
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 4:38-44
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them. At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ. At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
REFLECTION: At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
Even Jesus, Son of God, needed to pray. Jesus does not forget His true identity and longs to return to the presence of His Father. Do we have intimate words of worship and love with God? We cannot do battle if we forget that we belong to God and are heirs to His kingdom. Prayer is a battle. It is a battle against ourselves and the tempter. God's love sustains us during prayer.
God reads hearts, so when we pray we need not remind Him of our worries and concerns. He foresees before it happens, He knows what is in our heart and knows our thoughts. We do not even need to open our mouths because our heart tells Him everything.
We stretch out our hands upward to God when we pray. We also stretch our hands out to others. In turn, God will stretch out His healing hands to us. His son, Jesus Christ, is sent by His Father. He comes to us in every Mass. From the Mass we are sent into the world to bring His presence to all.
We now have a prayer petition line on our website PAPA Prayer Intentions. As a family we might not see much of each other, but we are dear to each other. Stretch out your hands if in need and we in turn will meet you and pray with you.
God Bless You