It is 28th October 2019. We celebrate the feast of Saints Simon and Jude Thaddaeus the Apostles. The readings are from Ephesians 2:19-22; and the Gospel from Luke 6:12-19. Without the intimate connection with Jesus, it is hard to make decisions that last long. Prayer and Jesus cannot be separated. Listening and obeying what God speaks to us is the prayer. It is a loving dialogue between the believer and the creator. There is no selfishness involved in prayer. By establishing the intimacy with Jesus, we connect with God in prayer. In a prayer-filled life is motivated and strengthened in action, transform our existence, allows us to come closer to God in gratitude, obedience, self-offering and solidarity with others. In the first reading St. Paul invites us to claim our citizenship with the other members of God built on the apostolic foundation. “Through Christ Jesus the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Eph.2:22). The responsorial Psalm praises, “Their message goes out through all the earth.” (Ps.19:5). In today’s Gospel, we reflect about Jesus who spent the whole night in prayer before choosing the Twelve for a definite commitment and to establish the messianic community. The mission begins after the personal and intimate encounter with Jesus. Without prayer, there is no mission. The presence of Jesus binds us all together as the missionary disciples ready to be sent to the world. May the Lord help us reviving the spirit of prayer before we make decision that would affect our living on a daily basis. May you have a good day.

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