The Prayer of Christ

My dear friends, the liturgy of today centers on the prayer of Jesus. He purposely offered the prayer to the Father to teach us the importance of prayer as well as teach us how to pray and what to pray for. It is a great lesson for us all to emulate.

The Aura of Prayer

Jesus created the atmosphere of prayer before he started praying. He was very docile to the spirit of his Father. Also, he acknowledged his presence by raising his eyes to heaven. He believed in the presence of the Father and genuinely offered his prayer to him. Jesus prayed with confidence and trust. He prayed for everyone and for the good of all.

The Importance of Prayer

One of the things we have to learn in today’s gospel is the importance of prayer. If prayer was not to be important, Jesus would not have participated in it. If Jesus could pray, it means that we cannot be his real disciples without the virtuous life of prayer. He lived a prayerful life and even taught his disciples the famous prayer of “Our Father”. Jesus wants us to make prayer the part and parcel of our lives.

Eternal Life

One of the foremost prayers of Jesus is for eternal life. Eternal life for Jesus is to know the Only true God and Jesus Christ, his Son whom he sent. The prayer of eternal life shows the love of Christ for all as he wants everyone to be united in his love with him forever. This is what we should work hard to achieve as his disciples and beloved followers.

Peace be with you all.

[Readings: Acts 20:17-27; Jn 17:1-11a]

Fr. Cyriacus Uzochukwu

Rev Fr Cyriacus Uzochukwu is a priest of the Catholic diocese of Orlu, a former editor of The Forum Newspaper of the diocese and currently the associate pastor of Sacred Heart Church Exeter, Devon, UK.

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