Pastor’s Reflection for September 17, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Daily prayer is an activity that helps our relationship with the Lord grow stronger and nourishes our spirit. I came across this article and found it may be helpful for some to implement it to one’s prayer.

Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I recently came across this “Five-Finger Prayer” to use as a guide when praying for others:

¨ When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by praying for those closest to you – your loved ones (Phil. 1:3–5).

¨ The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach – Bible teachers and preachers, and those who teach children (1 Thess. 5:25).

¨ The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in authority over you – national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work (1 Tim. 2:1–2).

¨ The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13–16).

¨ Then comes your little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in relation to God’s greatness. Ask Him to supply your needs (Phil. 4:6, 19).

Whatever method you use, just talk with your Father. He wants to hear what’s on your heart.   ~ Anne Cetas, Our Daily Bread.

This Thursday, September 21, is the feast of St. Matthew, one of the apostles and author of the Gospel. It brings to mind the importance of reading the Scriptures. We need to spend time listening to the Word of God and putting it into practice. If we are to have any deep relationship with the Lord, Scripture reading is a necessity. You are encouraged to spend some minutes in Scripture reading each day.

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, September 19, from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,