Wednesday, November 23, 2011

for mortals it is impossible

'Who then can be saved?' the disciples ask Jesus in today's Gospel reading. His reply is that  ‘For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’

This suggests to me the importance of prayer in our lives, the conversation with the divine that helps us develop our relationship with our Creator. Reading during the week, I came across a short passage from one of the Church Fathers, Evagrios the Solitary. He advised:

Do not pray for the fulfilment of your wishes, for they may not accord with the will of God. But pray as you have been taught, saying: Thy will be done in me (Luke 22.42). Always entreat Him in this way -that His will be done. For He desires what is good and profitable for you, whereas you do not always ask for this.
(On Prayer, 31, from the Philokalia)

We, selfish and limited, may pray for what we want rather than what we need - both for this life and the next. But if we trust in God, then our prayers will be as the ought, in alignment with his will - difficult as that may be to imagine. For with God all things are possible.

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