17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
If you were to ask a person to teach you to pray and they probably will take you to their bookshelf or the local religious bookstore to find one of the myriad how-to books on the subject. Jesus simply taught them a usable format, so powerful that it has had enduring value for centuries both as a learned prayer and as a valuable pattern for praying. You can learn some things about prayer by reading about it, but you really learn to pray by praying as we develop a real relationship with God as Jesus in introducing us to his intimate conversation to the Father he is teaching us by showing the relationship he has with His Father. How is our prayer life with God? What an honor it is that Jesus is teaching us how he prays! May we always be deepening our prayer life.
Fr. Jason Keas