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Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest

 

READINGS

First Reading: 1 COR 6:1-11

Responsorial Psalm: PS 149:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6A AND 9B

Gospel: LK 6:12-19

 

Homily

One day a parishioner approached me to clarify about something that he was thinking about. He asked, “Fr., if Jesus is God Himself, why did He spend so much time to pray to God the Father? Is not the Holy Trinity one God? Jesus then did not have to pray because He is God?” My answer was, Jesus did not NEED to pray for Himself, for His Mission, for His People. He prayed in order to show to us that we have to pray and to consult God. His prayer, therefore, is to set an example of a life of prayer. He is teaching us by example.

This is what Jesus did in our Gospel today. He spent the night in prayer not to ask for guidance from His Father but to show to us our need for a constant communication with God. He specifically prayed because the next day He would make a momentous decision of selecting from among His disciples to belong to the inner circle whom Jesus would teach more intently. He called them Apostles. It was truly a big decision to make. He even called them by name as mentioned in the Gospel.

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:

Jesus is teaching us then that before we make big decisions in life, we have to consult God in prayer. It is in prayer that we become more attuned to God. Before deciding on things, we consult God in order to know what God wants us to do. This kind of prayer involves talking and listening but more of course on listening to God. As we consult God for guidance, we recognize for ourselves that we can not make better decisions unless it is according to God’s loving plan.

Consult God first in all things, then things will work out best for you.

 

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