It is 14th June 2018. The readings are from 1 Kings 18:41-46; and the Gospel from Matthew 5:20-26. What makes people better in the world? It is the communication and the communion with God and one another. A person who does not communicate with God has a tremendous challenge in translating his own love for the other in an ordinary way. It is our personal and intimate time with God brings blessings to us and to the community around. We all have something to give to the community. The best thing we can render to one another in our community is the personal prayer support to those who have the famine of love. The power of prayer is much more powerful than the power of problems in our lives. The first reading teaches us that with the untiring prayer of the prophet Elijah brought the downpour that was so much needed for the drought-stricken land. The incessant prayer of the prophet surely brought the rain for which he prayed for. In our lives, we must not be tired of praying until we get things done with the help of God. “The hand of the Lord was on Elijah.” (1 Kgs.18:46). The responsorial Psalm praises, “To you our praise is due in Zion, O God.” (Ps.64:2). The Gospel teaches us that what would bring blessings to our prayerful moments as a believer. There must be a certain amount of reconciliation and exemplary living in our lives for our prayers to be accepted by the Lord. Judging people is not our job. Let us learn to leave that job to God. Our approach needs to be more of forgiving and letting go of what people so unfairly slap us on. The uncontrolled and unmonitored anger just as equal to murder. To make our prayer fruitful, we need to stop doing things that lead to sin. Our willingness to pray is gradually lost when we are engaging ourselves in provoking others with words and deeds. We are all on the pilgrimage of meeting our Judge, God for what we have done and spoken. So, it is not that good to judge others while we are ourselves facing the judgement from God. Our sincere repentance, forgiveness and willingness to make peace with others provides the flavour and ingredient for a fruitful prayer. May the Lord accept our prayers, when we have decided to put our life in order before passing irrational and crude judgements on others. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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