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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: September 18, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Prayer should be easy but it is not. For many struggle and for many reasons. While sin is a major obstacle to prayer there is an underlining sense of skepticism in many. Why should God answer my prayers? I feel nothing, experience nothing so why pray?

First question that should be asked is, do you pray only to get something? Or is prayer a means to an intimate conversation with the Lord our God? To hear His Word and Will for us? An elevation of our faith in His love for us? Prayer unites us with God and by that union we are united through Him. There is no prayer without faith.

Holy Spirit guide me in my prayer, my thoughts, words, actions this day and every day. Amen

First reading
1 Timothy 2:1-8

My advice is that, first of all, there should be prayers offered for everyone;– petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving;– and especially for kings and others in authority, so that we may be able to live religious and reverent lives in peace and quiet. To do this is right, and will please God our saviour: he wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth. For there is only one God, and there is only one mediator between God and mankind, himself a man, Christ Jesus, who sacrificed himself as a ransom for them all. He is the evidence of this, sent at the appointed time, and I have been named a herald and apostle of it and;– I am telling the truth and no lie;– a teacher of the faith and the truth to the pagans.
In every place, then, I want the men to lift their hands up reverently in prayer, with no anger or argument.

Luke 7:1-10

When Jesus had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he went into Capernaum. A centurion there had a servant, a favourite of his, who was sick and near death. Having heard about Jesus he sent some Jewish elders to him to ask him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus they pleaded earnestly with him. ‘He deserves this of you’ they said ‘because he is friendly towards our people; in fact, he is the one who built the synagogue.’ So Jesus went with them, and was not very far from the house when the centurion sent word to him by some friends: ‘Sir,’ he said ‘do not put yourself to trouble; because I am not worthy to have you under my roof; and for this same reason I did not presume to come to you myself; but give the word and let my servant be cured. For I am under authority myself, and have soldiers under me; and I say to one man: Go, and he goes; to another: Come here, and he comes; to my servant: Do this, and he does it.’ When Jesus heard these words he was astonished at him and, turning round, said to the crowd following him, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found faith like this.’ And when the messengers got back to the house they found the servant in perfect health.