Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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What is prayer?  Talking with our friend, listening to our friend: God.

Somewhere along our journey of life, we learned that there are various types of prayer: thanksgiving, petition, intercessory, praise, adoration, contrition… just to name a few.

As we hear in the Gospel, we are all called to pray.  The Disciples even went so far to ask Jesus how he prayed, and his response was a “Prayer of Petitions” we call the Our Father.

There is no doubt that prayer can be personal but Jesus also reminds us that prayer at its best is COMMUNAL.

How often do we hear about people coming together to pray for any number of reasons? After a tragedy, to celebrate a blessing, to pray for others in need, to pray before and after a sports event, prayer for a meal…

And as Jesus reminds us in the Gospel today, our prayer is not meant to be only be me centered, our prayer is meant to bring us to actively care for others.

As we pray today and every day, may our prayers be more than something we say; rather be a genuine expression of faith, hope and love – daily.