Father Patrick Butler, LC
Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and
he spent the night in prayer to God. When day
came, he called his disciples to himself, and from
them he chose Twelve, whom he also named apostles: Simon,
whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James,
John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of
Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas
the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a
traitor. And he came down with them and stood
on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of
his disciples and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region
of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to
be healed of their diseases; and even those who
were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in
the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth
from him and healed them all.
Introductory Prayer: God
the Father, thank you for the gift of creation,
including my own life. God the Son, thank you for
redeeming me at the price of your own Body
and Blood. God the Holy Spirit, thank you for being
the sweet guest of my soul, enlightening my mind,
strengthening my spirit and kindling the fire of your
love in my heart.
me to you, Lord Jesus, and remind me of
my personal mission.
1. A Place and a Time for Prayer:
Frequently the Gospel tells me that Jesus prayed to
his Father. What was his prayer like? First, he
sought out a place that is appropriate for praying. Secondly,
he dedicated a significant amount of time to prayer.
I can see him climbing a mountain in order
to spend an entire night in prayer. I can certainly
learn from my Lord’s example. Imitating him, my prayer
life can be enriched.
2. A Special Calling: Perhaps Jesus’
prayer is a bit longer than usual on this occasion.
When there is an important decision to be made,
he consults his Father to know his will. He does
not improvise when calling twelve of his followers to
be his apostles, his “sent ones,” his representatives. When
Jesus calls me to do a special mission for his
Kingdom, he also ensures that it accords with the
eternal plan of the Father.
3. A Channel for God’s Grace:
Having spent the night in prayer, Jesus has prepared
himself to give generously of himself the following day.
United to his Father, the source of all good, his
actions channel this goodness towards those who are enslaved
to evil spirits or in need of divine healing.
Of course, Jesus is God, and he has that power
in himself by his own right. However, he wants
to give me an example of how to be a
branch united to the vine, in order to produce
fruit that will last.
Conversation with Christ: Lord,
I do not know how to pray as I
ought. Teach me how to pray: to prepare a place
and to set aside some time exclusively for prayer.
So often I act without praying, relying only on
my own ingenuity and intelligence. Make me see that I
need your wisdom. Help me to ensure, through prayer,
that my actions are conformed to your will.
I will strive to offer at least one
spontaneous prayer to God today, amid the activities of my