Week 2 of Lent is half over, it seems. I have been trying to tune in more intently to the daily readings and homilies at Sunday and daily Masses.
Tuesday’s Gospel narrative was quite familiar to me. Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. His example was the Lord’s Prayer, one to which all Christians can relate. Catholics use the Lord’s Prayer during every Mass. It also appears in the Liturgy of the Hours during Morning and Evening Prayer. Every decade of the Rosary begins with the Our Father.
Father Adrian began his homily by saying that no matter how long we have been Catholics, we need to pray.
Then he asked, “Why do people shout?” The answer: “They want to be heard. They want someone to listen to what they say.” He went on to explain that with God we do not ever have to shout to get His attention. Why? It is because He is always near. Furthermore, He always listens. And, not only does God listen, He also fully understands. When we pray there is no need to elaborate or explain. This is so because God knows each of us thoroughly.
I felt quite comforted to realize that God doesn’t need an explanation. If I pray, “Lord, help me!” He hears; He listens; He understands. For this I am grateful.