“Lord, teach us to pray.”I sense a beautiful connec- tion of the gospel text today to those of the past two days. Last Monday, the gospel recalls the incident where a teacher of the law inquired about inheri- ting eternal life (Lk. 10:25-37). Using a parable, Jesus pointed out that to inherit eternal life, knowing the commandments – loving God and neighbor – is not enough. One must put know- ledge into practice. In other words, Jesus emphasized ac- tion. Yesterday, we heard again of the story of Martha and Mary (Lk. 10:38-42). Recall that Martha complained doing all the work by herself while Mary simply sat at the feet of Jesus to listen to him. But instead of Jesus ta- king Martha’s side, he praised Mary for choosing “the better part”. Hence, instead of action, Jesus, at this point, emphasized contemplation and prayer. To- day, Jesus teaches us how to pray: pray from the heart. It is in those moments when we pray from the heart that our prayers become more honest and we become more authentic before our Father.
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