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Thursday, July 22, 2004
The Catholic Spirit - Terri Mifek: "OUR SUNDAY GOSPEL
July 22, 2004


Sunday, July 25
17th Sunday in Ordinary time
Genesis 18:20-32
Colossians 2:12-14
Luke 11:1-13


Shed �false self� to accept love and
take responsibility for goodness
When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, he told them to relate to God as a loving parent. He also taught them to ask for what they needed using the words that we easily recognize as the �Our Father.�
I can�t help wonder if our familiarity with the prayer doesn�t dull our awareness of just how radical this concept is for us. In some ways we are probably much more comfortable with a God we can keep at a comfortable distance, one we can keep far removed from the decisions and choices that make up our everyday life.
In Luke�s Gospel this Sunday, Jesus also speaks about prayer in terms of persistence and desire. Jesus clearly doesn�t seem to consider prayers of petition inferior to more sophisticated forms of prayer.
When you think about it, isn�t it by listening to our heart�s desires that we discover who we really are and what we really care about?
Granted, sometimes it takes us a while to get beyond our surface desires to our deeper longings, but if we are willing to follow the example of Jesus and spend some time in silence, our authentic desires will begin to surface.
Maybe that is why we usually avoid solitude at all costs.
I suspect many of us would probably think twice if we realized where a life of prayerfully listening to our deepest longings can take us.
I�ve often thought that there should be a warning that faithfulness to prayer may prove dangerous to the health of your false self. It is this false self that enslaves us with the belief that we are only worthy of being loved if we are perf"
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