How to Pray
In today’s Gospel, Jesus educates his Disciples on how they are to pray. Jesus says that when praying “…Do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your father knows what you need before you ask Him”. Let’s break that down.
You Must Be Humble
What Jesus is getting at is when you pray, you must also be humble, as mentioned in a Gospel not too long ago where Jesus had said when you pray, don’t make it obvious like the Pharisees, rather, go into a closed room, pray, and your Father will reward you. That Gospel from last week intertwines with today’s Gospel, in that we must always be humble, and meek of heart.
Jesus constantly showed us throughout His Ministry that we must be humble, and that nothing ever goes unnoticed, especially when our Father in Heaven in watching, and it is Him who it is most important that watches.
The Our Father
After saying this, Jesus goes on to say the famous prayer, the Our Father. While saying this, Jesus captivates the audience in shock and awe, because the Disciples realize how easy it is to pray. Just like that. Even Jesus Himself told how easy it is to pray. Never once does He say we must stress over it, or find it difficult, but Jesus says to pray, and to pray with love of heart.
One thing that I hope you take away from this reflection today is that you must always be humble, and you may feel unnoticed, but in the grand scheme of things, your Heavenly Father is watching and at the end of the day, the Father is the most important viewer of your actions because one by one, they grant you a closer step to Eternal glory in His presence.
–Julien Hernandez, Class of 2025
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