23 Jul 2016

This Week Letter – July 24, 2016

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,


The three images, which today we see during the Liturgy of the Word, permeate each other, overlap, are so much interconnected. The first image: Abraham asking for mercy for the condemned-to-destruction of the people and looking for the righteous ones. Picture two: like as a father teaches his children, Jesus taught the prayer of the “Our Father”. Picture three: an example of the right attitude of each of us to the One who forgives us, who loves us.

To get something, you have to ask. To buy, you have to pay. But how do you get something from God? The only possibility is through prayer. God does not sell anything but in His infinite love for people, He gives when you ask in prayer. Abraham knew this. Today we see him pleading on behalf of the people of Sodom, whose annihilation is waiting them due to their sins and guilt. God wants to save them, anyway. Abraham, aware of God’s mercy is trying to “bargain” as many to rescue from the town of lawlessness. “Far be it from you to do such a thing, to kill the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike! Far be it from you! Should not the judge of all the world do what is just?” ” (Gen. 18,25).

God Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, taught us to pray to the Father. Today’s Gospel talks about this. In it Jesus Christ teaches us how to talk to God, how to pray. He teaches us the most important prayer –  The Lord’s Prayer. “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.” (Lk 11.2-5). We learn these words in childhood and we repeat them until our death. This conversation, our prayer is allowing us to be aware that we can always go with our problems and our joys to God our Father.

At the end of this Gospel, Jesus shows in the parable that if we are asking or looking for something, we can always come to the Father for help.  He will comfort us and will show the way in the event of our wandering. And we need to realize that we must not lose this opportunity to talk with God.

Lord, teach us to pray, support us with Your grace, so that we can always find time to pray, to talk with You.

I give my warmest wishes to Father Robert Frączek, who is celebrating his birthday on Saturday  July 23 and sister Kinga Hoffmann who is celebrating her name day on Sunday July 24. Please remember them in your prayers.

I remind all of us about the fulfilment of our commitments in the campaign “To Teach Who Christ Is”.

May God reward you for your prayers and sacrifices. May the Lord bless you all. God Bless You!