Someone brought to my attention that the words of the Virgin Mary at the marriage of Cana were a prayer. I had never thought of them that way. They were a request of her son. Prayers can be a request of our Creator.
In the Gospel of John chapter 2 verse 3, Mary says to Jesus: “They have no more wine.” Jesus answers: “O woman, what have you to do with me. My hour has not yet come.” Mary responds by saying to the servants: “Do whatever he tells you.”
As I was thinking about this, it occurred to me that this was the prayer of someone who trusted the Lord with all her heart. Mary makes a simple statement about a problem, and even though Jesus seems to rebuke her, in trust Mary tells the servants that Her son will take care of everything. How is my prayer life like that? How often do I tell God that something is amiss, and then stand back and let Him do what He will do? Usually, I tell Him what to do to fix the situation. How is that the prayer of a trustful child? It isn’t. How can I be more like Mary?
Lately my prayer life has been “ho hum”. I really don’t like to pray the “Morning Prayer” though I cannot say why. I do pray the rosary, but even then I am concerned that I do not put my whole heart into it. And I don’t know how to put my whole heart into it. Do I have to “feel” as though I am praying well? Something to ask Judy at our appointment on Friday. I stopped at the Adoration Chapel this morning before Scripture Study. I have been thinking about doing this for a while, so I left early this morning. I spent about 10 minutes there before going on to Scripture Study. It appeals to me – being there. It is quiet and peaceful and somehow it feels right to stop for a moment.
September 28, 2013 After speaking with a friend, I realized that for now at least I am not called to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. I had hoped for a time that I was. I have to find something that is “uniquely” my own as far as prayer. My friend suggested either the Rosary or meditating on the Gospel as I seem to have an affinity for that. I will give that a try.