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October 27, 2021

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, October 27, 2021
 

Today we offer you a reflection by parishioner and new writer, Lisa Thibault. Welcome, Lisa!

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/102721.cfm 

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Romans 8:26-30
Responsorial:  Psalm 13:4-5,6
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. Romans 8:26

I belong to a parish prayer group. The past few months, we’ve been reading the book by Fr. James Martin called Learning to Pray. Self-proclaimed as “a guide for everyone,” the book is written for those who have never prayed before, those who have a solid prayer life, and everyone in between. Fr. Jim guides us through what happens during prayer and the different prayer methods Christians have used over the centuries: Lectio Divina, the Examen, discernment, journaling, centering … I could go on and on.

As I realized through our group discussions, it’s good to reflect on what prayer is and more fully understand the methods. But my own purpose for prayer is to establish and maintain a relationship with God. I can’t imagine going more than several days without talking to my close friends, telling them all the ins and outs of my day, all my victories and struggles… why would any of this be any different with God?

My husband died almost four years ago. In the days and months after his passing, I was lost. I was mad. I couldn’t understand what God was doing to me and our family. I didn’t have the words to say to Him or even know what I was doing from one minute to the next. There were some days just getting out of bed was nearly impossible – and praying was out of the question. I would go to Mass and stare off into space, just going through the motions.

But you know what? Others carried me through their prayers. And I knew this because friends and parishioners would come up to me and tell me. I knew this through the hundreds of cards I got in the mail. I knew this from the random texts I would receive, some with a simple prayer emoji. This is what we as Christians are called to do – pray for one another - and I’m still humbled that others were doing it for me when I wasn’t able to do it for myself.

And the Spirit carried me through His prayers. I wasn’t letting God into my suffering and wasn’t trusting Him with my pain. The Spirit knew better! He knew what I was feeling when I didn’t, He held me through it, and He helped me trust in a hope for a better future.

Praying is hard work. It takes dedication, time, effort, and patience. And when we struggle to do it, when we can’t find the words, the Holy Spirit will.

How can the Holy Spirit pray for you?

Lisa Thibault

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