A Time To Change

During the past two Sunday Vesper services, we have reflected on two foundational prayers given to us. Crossing ourselves while praying ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ And the Our Father, given to us by Christ Himself as the quintessence of prayer. During the last ten years of Sunday Vespers we have reflected on other prayers and aspects of prayer in general. Tonight, I would like to reflect on the maybe the most fundamental aspect of prayer – time.

Not, how much time we offer, not what type of time schedule we keep for our prayer but just the time we pray. Whether we offer corporate prayer such as this Vesper Liturgy, or the Holy Mass; whether we offer known traditional prayers that we recite, or we pound our breast and explode with extemporaneous dialog to God, as in the Gospel today[1]. Whether there are words or just silence, we are offering our most intimate time to God.

If our prayer, no matter the type, is offered from our heart to God; if we are making time for God in our daily lives, then we are opening our time to the eternal. We are making our time God’s time[2]. This tithe is of absolute importance and value, for when we are in God’s time, in the eternal, we are in effect entering the end of times, the goal of our lives; and by doing so we are being changed. This might be the most important action that we can do as pilgrims on our journey home because as we are being changed our actions will now change those around us – we change the world. Or as St. Theresa of Calcutta said ‘I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.

Brothers and sisters, the world needs our change, needs us to open ourselves to being changed by God, let’s not ignore this need.
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[1] LK 18:13
[2] Dogma and Preaching, Cardinal Ratzinger pg 115

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