Fifth Sunday of Easter

Prayer is the breath of faith, a cry arising from the hearts of those who trust in God. We see this in the story of Bartimaeus, the beggar from Jericho. Though blind, he is aware that Jesus is approaching, and perseveres in calling out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” By using the phrase “Son of David,” he makes a profession of faith in Jesus the Messiah. In response the Lord invites Bartimaeus to express his desire, which is to be able to see again. Christ then tells him: “Go; your faith has saved you.” This indicates that faith is a cry for salvation attracting God’s mercy and power. As we continue on our pilgrimage of faith, may we, like Bartimaeus, always persevere in prayer, especially in our darkest moments, and ask the Lord with confidence: “Jesus have mercy on me. Jesus, have mercy on us!”

                                     — Pope Francis

 

FROM YOUR PASTOR 

 

What is PRAYER?

 

The Catechism describes PRAYER as ‘The elevation of the mind and heart to God in praise of his glory; a petition made to God for some desired good, or in thanksgiving for a good received, or in intercession for others before God. Through prayer the Christian experiences communion with God through Christ in the Church (2559 – 2565).’

 

The Words of Bartimaeus are a PRAYER — Praise to God, Petition, and Communion with God. Bartimaeus APPROACHES IN HUMILITY…and RESPONDS IN OBEDIENCE.

 

Notice how JESUS RESPONDS — ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus, the one who is SELF-GIVING and the one who SERVES, reaches out to respond to this PRAYER of Bartimaeus. His PRAYER, a Profession Of Faith, both HEALS and SAVES him. In the Action of Jesus,  we see the POWER in the WORDS OF JESUS and the MERCY OF GOD.

 

Everyone prays differently. But, Holy Scripture tells us that God Hears Our Prayers. But do We Hear Him? If we commit the Sin of Presumption in his response, the answer may be ‘no.’ But if we approach Jesus in Humility and Obedience, he will respond in two ways:  First, he will GIVE US WHAT WE NEED; and Second, he will GIVE US THE GRACE to receive it.

 

We have only to look at the PATRONS OF OUR TWO CHURCHES to see the Spectrum Of Prayer…

 

OUR BLESSED MOTHER — Be it done unto me according to your word…My Soul proclaims the Greatness of the Lord…Do whatever he tells you…

 

SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY — As in heaven Your will is punctually performed, so may it be done on earth by all creatures, particularly in me and by me…

 

MOTHER THERESA — Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul…

 

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI — Great and glorious God, and Thou Lord Jesus, I pray you shed abroad your light in the darkness of my mind. Be found of me, Lord, so that in all things I may act only in accordance with Thy holy will…

 

MOTHER CABRINI — Fortify me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit and give Your peace to my soul that I may be free from all needless anxiety, solicitude and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to You so that Your will may be my will…

 

SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA — Draw us forth from the mire, Lord Jesus,  with the hook of your Cross; so that we may run, not to your sweetness, but to the bitterness of your Passion…

 

FROM THE MASTERS TO YOU…

 

Complicated, no…Profound In Simplicity, yes…

 

So, how do YOU pray?

 

+May God Bless You and Keep You+

 

-Very Rev. Ronald W Cattany