A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 11:1-11
"Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples." He said to the, "When you pray, say: Father hallowed be your name,/ your kingdom come,/ Give us each day our daily bread/ and forgive us our sins/ for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,/ and do not subject us to the final test." And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' and he says in reply from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.' I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence." "And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake, when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?" The Gospel of the Lord
+Prayer Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your Love. Amen
In this beautiful Gospel of Luke, let us enter into our Sunday Lectio recalling to first read (Lectio) chew on it (Meditacio) speak with Jesus converse just like you do with someone you are very close to-speak directly and listen sit close (Oracio) and allow His love and His Light to enter your mind and heart (Contemplacio). (This is not a reflection-but an entry into prayer-your prayer)
There is one place for the sake of this Lectio Divina, that we will pause- they (the disciples) are watching him pray. Have you ever watched someone pray, who is truly oblivious to your presence, they are absorbed in conversation with the Lord. I used to love watching Mother Teresa. I felt "caught up in her prayer too, as a daughter." We must sit close and watch Jesus pray. What do you see? Look with the eyes of your heart. Can you see? Can you see: intense love, depth of communion-union, heart conversation so deeply moving His entire being, consuming his mind and soul, Silence, Peace, Emotion, Depth, totally consuming every part of his awareness, yet complete awareness, "Union." The desire to learn to pray is a tremendous gift from God. Jesus is commending their asking for this gift, because it is a very good gift to desire to learn to pray. Do you ask Jesus to "teach you to pray?" What does he tell us to ask for? How does he tell us to ask? The 'arresting' example of the scorpion and the egg. There is 'pain' in this 'comparison/analogy. Do you sense the pain almost in his heart, that we would actually think he would give us something that would harm us, hurt us, injure us, cause us pain, 'take us down', cause us failure bring about our disgrace, and yet don't we often feel that secretly in our heartwhen we ask for "his will to be done in our life?" Do I realize the gift only found in his will? Jesus says to us; "I tell you, ask"
Lord, teach us to pray, as your taught your disciples to pray. For to pray, is to love you and I want to love you. Amen