From a Creighton Student's Perspective
September 11, 2012
2nd Year Medical Student
If we strive hard enough we can even use the judgements we make as a prayer to God. For Jesus, just to breathe was a prayer. If prayer is communication and a connection with God, there was never a moment where he was not in union with the Father. So it is our goal and aim to make our lives reflect this in all that we do. It is much easier said than done, but when we see a person or a situation that we are able to judge as against God and his teachings, we can offer up those people to God in prayer. These may be the people furthest away from God who need a conversion to him more than any other. We do this not to gain ‘points’ to get ourselves closer to heaven or to be prideful and tote our holiness above others, but we do it out of compassion and love. It is similar to when Jesus saw the crowds and he was ‘moved with pity’, we have the eyes of faith so that we may bring the world around us closer to heaven. For some of these people, we may be the only ones who ever lift them up in prayer.
Jesus teaches us another thing about prayer in this great Gospel reading today. I am sure you have heard it before and contemplated it, but any time Jesus breaks away from the group to pray is pretty significant. We know something important is coming up when this happens, just look at the reading today or the agony in the garden. It is so easy to get caught up with our plans and goals in life, to think that we are in control and we have made ourselves what we are. However if you look back on even just your past week with a mature faith you will realize just how much has been a free gift from God to you. Everything is a gift, nothing good in our life is of our own doing. Jesus wants us to be grateful and recognize this, but we can be so prideful and self-centered. We see such humility in Christ today in the Gospel and his example of prayer. He humbled himself to allow the Father to work through him in choosing his Apostles. Just as he departs to pray before he calls his 12 Apostles, God wants us to bring everything before him in prayer so that he may bless it and more fully allow his will to be expressed in our lives. We know God is constantly working for our good, but even so he wants to know our thoughts and our struggles. The more we lift up our lives to him in prayer, the more we will be in constant communion with the Father as Christ was. This will allow us to see God's blessings in our lives and to really recognize that our plans and goals were never ours to begin with.
So today let us strive to mature in prayer as the readings call us to. Let our judgments allow us to be more constant intercessors and our communion with God make us more grateful servants. God desires all our love and attention, let us offer it to him that he may truly take delight in his people.
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