So many times we “send messages to the people we love, let’s do the same with the Lord.” In order to be “in tune” with Him and not allow our faith to “freeze” even when we are focused on very urgent but secondary things, Pope Francis this Sunday suggested a “wise spiritual practice” – ejaculatory prayers.
If the Lord came to earth today, would he find someone who would give him time and love, who would put him first? This is the question that Pope Francis raised this Sunday afternoon, October 16, during Ordinary Time, when he reflected on the day’s Gospel before the Angelus. His speech began like this.
The Gospel of today’s Liturgy ends with a question that touches Jesus. “When the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). It would be like saying: When I reach the end of the story, but, we may think, even now, at this moment in life, will I find a little faith in you, in your world?
“It is a serious question,” affirmed the Holy Father, who, continuing his meditation, referred to what the Lord will see today: “many wars, poverty and inequality,” “great advances in technology, modern means, and people who . always go fast without stopping.” Therefore, he added a more specific question to the above question.
What would I find in myself, in my life, in my heart? What priorities will you see?
Often, the Pope noted, “we focus on things that are very urgent but not necessary, we are concerned and worried about many secondary realities; and perhaps, without realizing it, we neglect what is most important, and let our love for God grow cold, slowly grow cold. But Jesus offers us “the way to warm a lukewarm faith” – prayer.
Yes, prayer is a medicine of faith, restoring the soul. But it should be a constant prayer. If we have to follow the treatment to get better, it is important to comply with it well, to take the medicines in the right way and at the right time, constantly and regularly.
Permanence and regularity. The holy father emphasized that it “applies to everything in life”.
Let’s think about a plant that we have at home. we have to feed it constantly, every day, we can’t wet it and then leave it without water for weeks. All the more reason for prayer. one cannot live only in strong moments or intense encounters from time to time and then “weak”. Our faith will dry up. He needs the water of daily prayer, he needs time dedicated to God so that He can enter our time, our history; constant moments in which we open our hearts so that He can pour love, peace, glory, strength, hope into us every day; that is, to feed our faith.
This is why, Francis continued, Jesus is speaking today “to all his disciples”, “not only to some”. – he emphasized. And he remembered what the Lord said in today’s Gospel: “You must always pray without despairing” (v. 1). Then raising the case of someone who may object that he has no time to pray because he does not live in a “convent”, he explained that “wise spiritual practice” can be practiced, a little forgotten today that our elders; , especially grandmothers, “know well” the “ejaculatory prayers”. They are “very short prayers, easy to memorize, that we can repeat often during the day, during various activities, to be ‘in tune’ with the Lord,” said the Holy Father, who offered several examples:
As soon as we get up, we can say: “Lord, I thank you and offer you this day.” This is a small prayer. Later, before the activity, we can repeat. “Come, Holy Spirit.” and between one thing and another pray thus. “Jesus, I trust you, Jesus I love you” Small prayers that keep us in touch with the Lord.
After these proposals, the Pope clarified how many times we send “messages” to the people we love, urging us to do so with the Lord “so that the heart remains connected to Him” and inviting us not to forget: “read their answers,” for He “always answers.”
Where do we find them? In the Gospel, which we should always have at hand and open every day, to receive the Word of life addressed to us.
Let’s go back to the advice I’ve given many times. take a small pocket Gospel, in your pocket, in your bag, and so when you have a minute, you open it and read something, and the Lord will answer you.
Thus, on this day, he raised his prayer to the Virgin Mary, “faithful in hearing”, so that she “teach us the art of always praying, without tiring”.
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