I would like to share with you some of my insights and reflections during our past clergy retreat. Again, I would like to thank you for your prayers for all of us priests, we do need it. And be assured of my prayers for all of you as well.
Speaking of prayer, one of the things that we as priests were reminded of by our retreat master, was our need to respond to the call to prayer. It is interesting how in the busyness of the day to day schedule of a priest, our own personal prayer time is sometimes compromised. Yes, we lead the community in prayer almost every day particularly during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, but there is a need for our own personal prayer time as well. Believe it or not, there are times when priests neglect this very important part of their life – personal prayer time and it was good to be reminded about it during the retreat.
Prayer should be like water to the thirsty… without water, the body will die – without prayer, the spirit will die. It is prayer that gives life and hope to so many aspects of what we do as priests. But then reflecting more on this, it is true not only for priests but for everyone. We need to pray so we can have that more personal and intimate relationship with God. We need to pray if we want to truly follow our Lord.
One of the most enduring images of Jesus Christ in sacred scriptures is Him at prayer. His every action flowed from his communion with the Father and that is exactly why the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray – they wanted to have that same communion with the Father so that their every action too would flow from their relationship with God.
Brothers and sisters, our actions should flow from our praying. So aside from the liturgical celebrations that we do (the Holy Eucharist particularly) let us take time for our own personal prayer time. It doesn’t have to be very long, it can take a minute or more, but we have to constantly do it so that like our Lord, our actions will flow from our communion with our God.
In Christ, Fr. Maro