“Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived of it.” —Luke 10:42
Hospitality was a responsibility and privilege highly valued by the Jewish people. In offering hospitality, we may be entertaining angels (Heb 13:2) or even God Himself (Gn 18:17ff). Abraham and Sarah, for example, offered hospitality to God and two angels. As a result, God promised them they would miraculously have a son, although both were almost a hundred years old (see Gn 18:10ff). Hospitality is the breeding ground of promise, blessing, and miracles.
As awesome as hospitality is, Jesus claimed that prayer is even better (Lk 10:42). This was a surprising revelation. Jesus even maintained the necessity of praying always (Lk 18:1; cf 1 Thes 5:17). He did this Himself, praying early in the morning and late at night (Mk 1:35; Lk 22:39ff). Jesus prayed in such a new way that people who had prayed for years asked Him to teach them to pray (Lk 11:1).
After Jesus ascended into heaven, His disciples caught onto Jesus’ message on prayer and “devoted themselves to constant prayer” for nine days (Acts 1:14). The Church was born after this nine-day gestation period of prayer. From that point on, the Spirit has empowered the followers of Jesus to devote themselves to prayer (see Acts 2:42).
PRAYER: Jesus, teach me to pray (Lk 11:1). Holy Spirit, help me overcome my weakness in prayer (Rm 8:26).
PROMISE: “Even now I find my joy in the suffering I endure for you. In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His body, the church.” —Col 1:24
PRAISE: “As a proof that the One Whom He raised from the dead would never again see the decay of death, God declared, ‘I will give You the benefits assured to David under the covenant’ ” (Acts 13:34). Alleluia!
(From a reflection by a member of the editorial team of the late Fr Al Lauer’s Presentation Ministries) For the full Readings please go to: https:thewordonsunday.blogspot.com or visit our Facebook page / The Word on Sunday