This weekend the Gospel text speaks of how to pray – the Lord’s Prayer.
The two stories below are good enough to reflect on different dimensions of Prayer.

Thy Will Be Done!

Thy Will Be DoneA story is told of a mother whose only child, a son, was confined in a hospital, seriously sick. She cared for him as best she could. When some relatives or friends dropped by, she asked them to attend to her son while she went to the Chapel. On her knees and in tears before the Blessed Sacrament, she began by acknowledging God as the source of life and thanked him for the gift of her son who had brought joy to her life. Then she begged God to spare him. The worse his condition became, the harder she prayed. But her prayers notwithstanding, her son died.

Her relatives and friends were worried how she would take this turn of events. They were surprised to see her take her son's death in peace! When asked how come, she answered, What I prayed for was what I wanted. But during my prayer, there was something in me that said, 'Let go - let God!' Thus, at one point, I finally said, 'Your will be done, Lord.' With my child's death, it was obvious that God did not go along with what I wanted. Though painful, I accepted his will wholeheartedly. He knew best.”

He Hears All and Listens To All!

A customer went to a post office and angrily asked a post office employee, “Today when I came home I found a card saying the mail man tried to deliver a package but no one was home. I’ll have you know, my husband was in all morning! He never heard a thing!” After apologizing, the postal employee got the woman’s parcel. “Oh good!” the woman gushed. “We’ve been waiting for this for ages!” “What is it?” the postal worker asked. The woman said with pride, “My husband’s new hearing aid.”

  Well, no wonder! When we speak to one another, there are some people who can’t hear us, others who don’t listen to us. But when we speak to God, we speak/pray to One Who hears all and listens to all.

In the Service of the Lord,
  Fr Thainese Alphonse


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