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Sunday 28 July 2019: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ask, and it will be given to you

Ask and you shall receive.  Image courtesy of Hermano Leon ClipartLuke presents the teaching of Jesus concerning prayer having in mind converts like himself. Christians coming from a Jewish background were accustomed to a tradition of daily prayer; Gentile converts, on the other hand, had to acquire a habit of regular prayer; Luke, therefore, stresses perseverance. This gospel may have something to say to us - as the pressures of daily life make regular prayer more difficult. ‘Teach us to pray’. The disciples are not merely asking how to pray; they want to know what should be the content of the prayer that makes them true followers of Jesus. The Lord’s Prayer, as it came to be called, soon had a central place in the Church’s life. It was a badge of membership, a measure of the true Christian spirit. In the early Church, those preparing for Baptism learned the Lord’s Prayer, but they did not join in public recitation until they shared in the celebration of the Eucharist...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of Hermano Leon Clipart