In the Gospel today Jesus challenges the people to respect the sanctity of His Father’s house. We live in a day and age where there are hundreds of activist groups clamouring for our attention. The danger for us is that we could get so caught up with all these groups, both Church sponsored and otherwise, that we forget our spiritual roots. We live in a very materialistic age where progress is measured by wealth and access to various material commodities. We live in an increasingly secular age where organised and traditional religions are being slowly marginalised so as to minimise their influence upon our lives. Some people think that believing in God is outdated and a thing of the past.

It is in the midst of all this hostility that we have to listen for and respond to the call to prayer in order to nourish our lives on the Word of God. We need to pick up the Scriptures regularly so as to be able to correct the atheistic tendencies of our time. If we fail to hear the call to prayer there is a danger that our Churches will be empty in a few generations’ time!

I am not trying to paint a dark picture to scare anyone. However, we have to be willing to look at the facts and respond to them! If we hide from the truth it may be too late when we finally decide to do something about the problems in our lives. We will do much better to respond to the present situation now while it is not so difficult to turn things around.

Individually this means that we must take responsibility for our own lives and ensure that we are attentive to God in prayer. It means opening our minds and hearts to the formative words of the Scriptures. It means participating as fully as we can in our religious communities. We cannot leave the spiritual aspect s of our lives up to those who have a natural inclination that way! Each of us is a spiritual being, and, whether we like it or not, we need to nourish that part of our beings! Jesus regularly took time out to pray and He was the Son of God!

Another way of looking at it is to remember that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and it is of the essence of temples that they are places of prayer! We do not have an excuse! We must be committed to prayer or else our spiritual lives will wither and die.

Do I have a regular time of prayer every day? If not, how can I arrange my life around a regular prayer time?

Lord Jesus, teach us to be a people of prayer. With you nothing is impossible. Through prayer we have access to you and the Holy Spirit. Help me to be humble and open enough to you that I will call out to you in prayer each day and not just when I want something. Help me to have a healthy relationship of dialogue with you through prayer.