I read a story some time ago about angels in heaven who work in receiving the prayers that people offer to God – so they receive the prayers and deliver them to God and God sends them back with his response. So in heaven, there is a receiving office for the prayers that people offer and in that office there are many divisions full of cubicles and desks for different kinds of prayers that people offer. The busiest part of the office is always the division for receiving petitions and supplications. There are many cubicles and desks for different kinds of petitions and supplications because people ask and pray for different things: they pray for the sick, for the poor, for success in careers, for success in studies, for their love life and relationships and so many other things.
Then there is the division for receiving confessions. Not so busy – about half the number of cubicles and desks. Angels there are also busy delivering prayers to God from the people but they do have breaks because there’s not a lot of deliveries coming.
Then there is the division for receiving worship, even less than the confessions division.
And then there is a desk that is almost never used. In fact it only needs a few angels to work there – it is not even a division, it is just a desk. That is the division for receiving prayers of thanksgiving.
Reflecting on the Gospel that we have for today reminded me of the importance of giving God our gratitude. Gratitude for the undeserved grace and blessings that we receive from him.
I am sure that most of us when we pray, have a long list of things to pray for. I hope that we always include in our list, our expression of gratefulness for all the things that God has blessed us with – most especially his gift of our salvation. Let us practice the prayer of gratitude for truly, a grateful heart is a happy heart.