Sometimes we pray asking God for things for ourselves and others. Prayer is also meant to transform us into holiness, it sanctifies us, and makes us more Christlike. This homily suggests four ways of praying, all requiring self honesty (usually painful), to surrender to the Transforming Power of God.
Sometimes God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. With a little help from Garth Brooks ("Unanswered Prayers"), Fr. Paul tries to explain Jesus's encouragement in today's Gospel passage, to continue to pray even when it seems like our Prayers are not answered. Praying for "Thy Kingdom Come..." is one of our most important tasks Jesus asks us to do. We the Church, unite throughout the world to raise this prayer 24/7.
Even on a natural level, being positive, seeing the good, and giving thanks creates for us a better world. But sometimes, on a natural level, we struggle to find things to be grateful for. From a faith perspective, we are part of the Greatest Love Story, the Greatest Miracle that God has done, and wants to do in our hearts through the Death, Resurrection of Jesus, that is still present for us in the Eucharist; Thanksgiving. Over time, we are healed and find a Joy and Gratitude the world cannot give and the world cannot take away!
We rarely feel like we have enough faith to do what we are called to do. Each time it feels like a leap. We are called to cry out Jesus increase my faith, and then leap!! Remembering when God caught us in the past, and hearing the stories of others, helps us take that leap today.