Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
SIR 1: 1-10, MK 9: 14-29
Jesus is often shown in
prayer. He usually is in deep pray before an important decision or teaching,
like when he chose the Twelve. It is so much a part of Jesus’ life, it has to
be part of our lives. Most of us were taught prayer from an early age, with the
Our Father, or Hail Mary at the center. As we grow up, other prayers are added.
Eventually we learn to ‘pray from the heart.’
Prayer was important in the
healing ministry of Jesus. Today’s gospel points this out. It also mentions
Jesus’ frustration: seems the disciples forgot an essential part of healing.
It’s not just a show of power, it is a response from prayer. They could have
driven out the demon, but they didn’t resort to pray. How could they do this? Who
knows, perhaps they were caught up in one aspect of healing rather than the
heart of it.
In any case they did learn
the power of prayer and relied heavily on it as they carried out their
“There are three things that
make us Christians: faith, baptism, and sharing at the altar.” —Guerric of Igny, twelfth century