17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, 24th July 2016

“Lord, teach us to pray”

In today’s Gospel the disciples ask Jesus how to pray.  Jesus says that we are to call God Father.

We are to persist in prayer, and God Our Father who wants nothing but the best for us will provide what we truly need.

The First Reading from Genesis shows the close relationship between God and Abraham, who persists in his pleading for justice for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.  God listens to Abraham and assures him that he will always act with justice.

Today’s Psalm is a song of praise and thanks for God’s faithfulness and love.  It encourages us in our prayer, reminding us that God is always there for us when we are in need.

In the Second Reading we are reminded that it is through Baptism that our relationship with God the Father is sealed.  Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our sins have been forgiven and we have been brought to life with Him.

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