Sometimes the simplest is the most effective, and the Jesus Prayer helps us understand that. This week, we learn about humility and self-righteousness, and that we all have the capacity to grow in the former and eliminate the latter. Learning how to apply the readings of Mass to our lives – they are the Word of God, after all! – is integral to growing in our quest for perfection, in relationship with the Lord. This week, we get a terrific example of how to do that, and a simple one we can apply every day!
Catechesis At Home – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C
The Jesus Prayer
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The Jesus Prayer
REFLECTION – Have Mercy on Me, A Sinner
The tax collector in the parable this week is Jesus’ model for what our attitude should be in prayer. This prayer from Luke 18:13 has been adapted and is known as “The Jesus Prayer”. When we pray this prayer with humility, as the tax collector does, it is a prayer of total surrender to the mercy and love of God. It is the acknowledgement that we are sinners, in need of a Savior, and we have trust in God that He will save us.
The words of Scripture we hear proclaimed at Mass this week are full of hope in this Salvation, a promise that God is faithful and Advocates for us (see 2 Timothy 4:17). He will hear us as we cry out for mercy and He will save us in our time of need. “The Lord hears the cry of the poor,” so says the Psalmist in Psalm 34.
We are encouraged to petition the Lord for our needs, with humble hearts, and authentic worship. Our readings explain how the Lord desires us to not simply follow rules, but to be in relationship with Him. And to be in relationship with each other. We are created to love God and our neighbor – the widows, orphans, and the poor represent that neighbor. In reality, everyone has some essence of each of these “states” and when we recognize that in ourselves, we can sincerely pray the Jesus Prayer:
“Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner.”
DISCUSSION – Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior
This week discuss how you approach Jesus. Is He a Friend that helps you through your day? Is He the Son of God, Second Person of the Trinity, who works miracles and forgives sins? Is He your Lord and Savior, who suffered and died and rose again to bring you eternal life? He should be all of these to everyone. How can we pray the Jesus Prayer and relate to Jesus Christ more as our Lord and Savior this week?
ACTIVITY – The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor
Put the Jesus Prayer into action this week and make a charitable contribution to a parish or community organization that serves the poor, orphans and/or widows. This contribution can be monetary, but in some ways, it is more impactful to share food, clothing, blankets, or other material needs. In many places in the Northern Hemisphere, coat and blanket drives are now underway to prepare for the coming winter months; and in the United States, many parishes’ food drives are kicking in for Thanksgiving dinners and baskets. When you contribute to these say a prayer for the recipients, and know that you are helping “the Lord hear the cry of the poor.”
How does praying The Jesus Prayer help you?
by Beth & Kristofer Cowles
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The sacred role of women in the Church goes back to the time before Jesus came to Earth – way before!
In this episode, we talk about that – after a short disclaimer from my lovely bride – and how there is an important significance to women being in the Church and the role they play in salvation history.
We claim that the first Catholic was Mary (a woman, BTW!), and share who “the first Apostle” was, as well as “the Apostle to the Apostles” – both women!
But it is way more than a title, and these women were not ordained by Jesus as were the Twelve – which is significant, and a true blessing for women and the Church!
And, yes, we answer THAT question, along with the question of why women are integral to the survival and thriving of the Church.
And I get a little snippy about men and how they handle their responsibilities in the Church.
But what’s new? -Kristofer