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dc.contributor.authorHeaney, Roberten_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 438en_US
dc.description.abstractJesus spent the night in prayer to God. Of course he did. Jesus was holy, the holiest person who ever lived. Holy people pray. Right? ||That risks missing the point. This is another of those contexts in which, failing to grasp Jesus' full humanity, we may miss the rich meaning of this passage. To begin with, it helps to remember, once again, that "pray" in the New Testament means "ask". So the verse can be rephrased as ". . . he spent the night asking God . . ." Asking what?||Jesus had taken on an incredibly ambitious vocation, one whose outlines he could only dimly grasp. He set out to call Israel back to its covenant role of witnessing God's loving plan for all peoples. At this point in Luke's narrative he had just told the home folks in Nazareth of his mission, quoting from Isaiah, and they had rejected him. He had started to call disciples and produced some symbolically important cures. The project was growing, perhaps faster than he could have expected. It was a little scary. ||Jesus, always seeking to do his Father's will, now wasn't sure what God wanted him to do next. So he prayed; he asked God, "What do you want me to do?" All night.||We find out God's answer in the next verse, when Jesus came down from the hills and named twelve of his disciples as "apostles" _ twelve for the twelve tribes of Israel _ sending a strong message that he was setting about the recreation of God's people.||Nearly a dozen times in the Gospels the evangelists tell us that Jesus went off by himself to pray (that is, to ask) _ virtually always at some critical turning point in the ministry. Have we ever experienced that same kind of uncertainty? It helps, I think, to know that Jesus did too. We can do no better than to do as he did _ ask God over and over, all night long if needed: "What do you want me to do?"en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, September 6, 2005: 23rd week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitJohn A. Creighton University Chairen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Medicineen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHeaney, Robert P.en_US Timeen_US 23en_US
dc.subject.local1Colossians 2:6-15en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 6:12-19en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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