Monday, March 11 – Fourth Week of Lent

DAILY MASS READINGS

  • Isaiah 65:17-21
  • Psalm 30
  • John 4:43-54

There are many passages in the Gospel that describe Jesus PRAYING. Sometimes Jesus withdraws from people in order to pray alone, other times He is at prayer surrounded by others with whom and for whom He is praying.

Jesus teaches us that PRAYER IS A CONTINUING CONVERSATION WITH GOD.

Just as we get to know another person by having an on-going conversation, the continuing conversation that is prayer helps us become more familiar and comfortable with God. How important it is for our conversation with God to be carried out in the midst of our ordinary living. After all, what kind of a God would we have if we could not tell Him all about those issues that are most pressing and personal? So, too, is it important to withdraw from daily duties and busyness, however briefly we can on certain days, to talk with God alone and uninterrupted. About what? Tell God all about yourself: share what most is at play in your heart – joys, sorrows, successes, failures, future dreams, daily worries, personal strengths and personal weaknesses. Remember also to thank God for blessings received and to ask Him to grant special requests. Express your love, adoration and delight of Him and sincere desire for these to grow even stronger in your mind and heart.

Prayer is the way of getting to know God better and by spending regular time with Him, we also discover more about who we really are.