Prayer in Action

Reflection for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Member, Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our July 22nd newsletter


The readings for this Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time are deeply reflected in the responsorial psalm, “Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.” It’s interesting though that when people focus on prayer they are often drawn to today’s gospel passage and Jesus’ teaching his disciples to pray.

As we listen to the gospel we can observe some other important things. First, we hear that Jesus himself was praying off in a certain place. The scriptures tell us that Jesus did this often. On this occasion we hear that some of the disciples were watching, observing. They asked, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” The disciples were aware of John the Baptist and his disciples, probably how they lived, preached, prayed and worshiped.

Jesus shared the words that are so familiar to us. Words that cross denominational boundaries. Yet, his teaching on prayer does not stop there. He continues to instruct his followers with messages of prayer in action. Persistence, hospitality and generosity are also qualities of prayer.

May our prayer lead us to greater participation with Divine Love which is lived with a commitment to those who are poor, those who are oppressed and those who are marginalized. Let us be confident that God always hears our prayer and calls us to be images of Christ’s incarnate love, mercy and generosity to others.

Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF
FAN Board Member

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