Monthly Archives July 2019

Lord, Teach us to Pray

We have one of the disciples of John the Baptist to thank for the prayer given to us in this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 11:1-13).  He asked Our Lord, saying; “Lord, teach us to pray“.  In the ‘Our Father’, we are given a blueprint of how to pray, or at least, how to shape the content of our prayers.   Some people want to pray but do not know how.  Methods and techniques of prayer have always been in demand and, in recent times, the variety on offer has multiplied. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, of which every committed Catholic
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“Go, and do the same yourself’

In the Gospel (Luke 10:25-37) for this Sunday’s Mass, Jesus gives us the exquisite parable of the Good Samaritan.  His message is powerful; that neither nationality nor religion nor race should set a limit to our responsibility of coming to the aid of another human being.  To grasp better his teachings, one needs to be aware that there is irreconcilable hostility, as mutual as it was deep, that marked the relationship, between Samaritans and Jews.   The Samaritan showed by his action that he correctly recognised ‘a neighbour’ even in the hated Jew. Human fraternity imposes duties that extend beyond the
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….. ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.

The message that “the kingdom of God is near” has been the message since the days of John the Baptist.  The Baptist proclaimed it to the crowds who came to the Jordan.  Jesus taught it at His first appearance; and now (in this Sundays’s Gospel passage) the disciples are sent out to spread this as the keynote of their teaching (Luke 10:1-12, 17-20). Unfortunately it took a long time even for the disciples to understand what “the Kingdom of God” really means. They wanted some sort of visible power and were naively thrilled at having the power of exorcism.   A
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