(Just a confession: I have not gone to Mass last Sunday because of migraine.)
For Catholics, the Eucharist (or the Mass) is the highest form of prayer wherein we gather together in a proper place as a community to celebrate the goodness and love of God. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)
Prayer is communicating to God and it is a two-way process. We talk and He listens and vice-versa. Sometimes when we pray, we always talk…we babble. And most often we always expect that our prayers will be answered the way we want them to be. But we have a God who knows everything what’s best for us and with that the answers always come our way differently from our own expectations, in the least expected time and place. We would just realize then that our prayers were ‘somehow’ answered because of the seemingly enlightened course of our life. We just have to be sensitive in order to realize all of these. This is the time of course that we also listen to Him.
Today is Tuesday of the first week of Lent and today’s gospel speaks of the very prayer Jesus himself taught us. We always utter this prayer but do we ever really mean them? Jesus taught us this prayer formula because He thinks it is the best way of talking to His Father. It is very simple yet sincere, direct and complete. So when was the last time you said this prayer with sincerity and humility? On this note, I remember what had happened to me last January 1, 2008.