Tuesday, September 10, 2013

50 Days of Prayer - Day 18

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Day Eighteen

Bad Friends

 "Act and God will act, work and He will work" - St. Joan of Arc
Yesterday we prayed about the first of Jesus' miracles, performed at the Wedding Feast of Cana.  

Most of Jesus miracles involved some sort of reciprocal action on one side or the other - a reaction, a response of one to the other.  Sometimes it was Jesus responding to a plaintive cry, sometimes it was Jesus responding to the desperation of a man being lowered through a roof, sometimes it was Jesus responding to a woman reaching out and touching Him, or begging even for the crumbs falling from the table.  And Jesus often asks for a response on the part of the one being healed or saved - tell no one about this; go and show yourselves to the priests; go and wash in the pool of Siloam.

And the healing is always associated with faith - "Go, your faith has made you whole."  That element of response is always there.

But how often do we drop out of this reciprocal relationship?  How often do we show ourselves to be bad friends - or selfish ingrates - even when He blesses us with miracles?  How often do we fail to respond with faith, or even with simple thanks?

“Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?  Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”  (Luke 17:17-18)

What if tomorrow you simply said (lazy sinner that you are) ...

Today I will act so that God may act.  Today I will work so that God may work.  Today I will ask Him to respond to me, and I will be ready to respond to Him.  Today I will quit whining and feeling sorry for myself and I will simply enter into a relationship of action with God.  Today I will act as if we really are friends.

He calls us friends, you know (John 15:15).  Friends do things for one another.  And you know how friendships fade away - your friend stops returning your calls, stops responding to your emails, things dry up.  The spark is gone; you both simply drift.

If you want to kill a friendship, kill the reciprocal back-and-forth, the give-and-take, for that's what friendship is all about.

If, on the other hand, you want to cultivate a friendship, then share mutual actions and words.  Pray and do.  Pray and do for Him and He will answer your prayer and do for you.  And you will be friends.

Let us pray ...

To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.

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