The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
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 them, “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.”
Reflection (Sem. Jorge Santiago, Jr.):
In our Gospel today, one of the disciples of Jesus asked Him to teach them how to pray and Jesus, as generous as He is, gave them the prayer we often pray today, the ‘Our Father.’ This beautiful and very powerful prayer was taught to His disciples not because they did not know how to pray but because they wanted to know more about Jesus and how He prayed to the Father.
This Gospel passage is one of my favorite passages in the bible where Jesus, generous as He is, never failed to guide his disciples especially with regard to their spiritual growth. This reminds me of my prayer experiences here in the seminary. I often ask Jesus to teach me how to pray especially when the going gets tough because of problems and struggles. I always ask Jesus for His guidance so that I will be able to pray what is necessary and to follow His will. Asking question like ‘how is my prayer life lately?’ helps me to evaluate my relationship with Jesus. Prayer is the only way to communicate with Jesus and I believe that if I do not master it, it will be difficult for me to know Him more.
What about us? Whenever we have problems or struggles, have we tried evaluating our relationship with Jesus by asking ourselves ‘how is my prayer life lately?’ And if we find it hard to pray because of these problems or struggles, it is helpful to ask Jesus to teach us how to pray. With all humility, it is good to accept the fact that sometimes we are helpless and we need to know what we need to pray for.