Wednesday, XXVII Week of Ordinary Time, Year A

Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for Us

Readings: 1st: Gal 2:1-2.7-14; Ps:116; Gos: Lk 11: 1-4

This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He is a missionary in Puerto Rico, the island of enchantment. He is the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico; the Parish Priest of Parroquia la Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Major Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Circumscription of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. For more details and comments contact him at:  canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

Today, the Wednesday of the twenty-seventh week of ordinary time, the Church celebrates the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.

This feast was instituted by Pope Pius V to honor Mary for the Christian victory over the Turks at Lepanto on October 7, 1571.

A popular saying of Spanish speaking Catholics is, “el me de octubre es el mes del rosario” (the month of October is the month of the Rosary).

This highlights the importance of October as a month of special devotion to our Lady. Most importantly, it is a particular time of prayer with Mary for the Church’s and entire humanity’s needs.

In today’s gospel, Christ’s disciples made a humble request: “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” Of course, knowing the importance of prayer Christ taught them how to pray.

Unfortunately, this prayer taught by Christ has generated some controversy. This is because some Christians view the “The Lord’s prayer” only as a model of how to pray, and not a prayer itself. This is absurd.

The Lord’s prayer is both a prayer and a rich model of how to pray. It consists of different aspects of prayer; penitential, thanksgiving, petition, and praise.

The Church teaches us that, Our Lord’s prayer is a beautiful prayer of the Church divided into seven important petitions (CCC 2803-2854). This is why it forms an essential part of the Mass.

Christ was always connected to his father through prayer. So, the most important lesson today is that Christ reminds us of the importance of prayer as a tool for being in continuous contact with God.

Equally, he reminds us that our prayer must be honest, humble, and simple. So, prayer is a simple dialogue with a loving Father.

God does not hear or answer our prayer because of how loud we shout or the number of words we use. Instead, he looks at our humility, sincerity, and genuine need.

Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for Us!

Peace be with you all.

Maranatha!

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