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Prayer, Our Lost Treasure

posted May 30, 2014, 10:14 PM by Risen Christ   [ updated Jun 6, 2014, 11:38 PM ]
1 June 2014 ( 7th Sunday of Easter )
Prayer, Our Lost Treasure
The first reading shows that after the ascension of Christ on the Mount of Olives, the apostles made their way to Jerusalem and waited in the upper room according to the instruction of Jesus: ‘Stay in the city then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.’ (Luke 24:49) Together with several women including Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers, they devoted themselves to continuous prayer. The second reading highlights that it is not a disgrace to suffer insult for bearing the name of Christ. Instead, God’s comforting presence in His Spirit will be our strength. We can remain in God’s presence through prayer. Today’s gospel recounts Christ’s final prayer before his passion and crucifixion. It reveals to us that he is always near to us and it reminds us of the importance of prayer in our lives. However, prayer has become virtually non-existent in most of our lives as other things consume a huge proportion of our time. Prayer is our lost treasure, without which our lives are impoverished.