Ever listen to a familiar reading from the Bible and all of a sudden a particular passage jumps out at you? That’s what happened to me this week. Listening to today’s Gospel (Mk 1:29-39) I heard as if for the first time… “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” The entire reading focuses on the fantastic healings Jesus accomplished. I never paid much attention to anything else.
Jesus went off to pray. How often did he go off to a quiet place to pray? I wonder what he prayed for; was it to thank God, was it to discern the will of the Father, was it for all the people he’d just healed, or was it to touch the minds and hearts of the people he would preach to the next day? Unfortunately we will never know, the Bible doesn’t tell us.
I started to reflect on my own prayer life, and how often I pray. Oh, don’t get me wrong I’m a “good catholic”. I pray, but probably not as often as I should. Most of my prayers are for special intentions. I pray for all the people that have asked me for prayer, I pray to the intentions of the Holy Father, for the world, and especially for all those who have no one to pray for them. I continued to think about prayer and realized I don’t praise and thank God nearly enough for the blessings in my life. And if prayer is talking and listening to God, I don’t do enough listening, that is something I will be working on.
With the season of Lent approaching, Fr. David is giving us “Pray Fridays”, every Friday during lent we will have several opportunities to meet God in prayer. Watch for more news about Pray Fridays in upcoming newsletters!