The appointed Gospel reading for the Daily Prayer of the Church is taken from the sixth chapter of Luke where we hear about Jesus calling the first disciples:
Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets. (Lk. 6. 12-26).
Jesus picks his 12 disciples only after he has prayed. How many times have you prayed before a big decision? Often when we pray we do a little too much talking. Prayer also, and perhaps more importantly, involves listening. It is in the silence that we hear God. When you pray, take time to listen to what God is saying to you. Listen for God whisper of God’s voice.
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Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, especially Caroline Furlong as she grieves the death of her husband, Randy, and for all of Randy’s family; we pray for Lou, Virginia, Hal, Hazel, all of the victims of the bombings in Boston and the victims of the explosion in West.
Your servant in Christ,
The Rev. Chester J. Makowski+St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550