Monday, January 19, 2009

What is prayer? Part III

“ ‘If you knew the gift of God!’ (John 4:10)  The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being.  It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2560)

Is that how you think of God, thirsting for your intimate friendship, actively stirring up your interest in him?  Well, that’s the way it is.  God is a divine lover who longs for our love.  Prayer is our yielding to his advances, and seconding them.  The surest way to cut ourselves off from God is to stop praying.

Yours in Christ, Father John Bartunek, LC

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