April 14, Third Sunday of Easter
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. — Psalm 30:22
Mass Readings: Acts 5:27-32/Revelation 5:11-14/John 21:1-19 or 21:1-14
The Most Neglected Prayer?
When I was a youngster in Catholic school, we learned that there were four types of prayer: 1. Blessing and Adoration (praising God); 2. Prayer of Petition (asking for what we need, including forgiveness); 3. Prayer of Intercession (asking for what others need); and 4. Prayer of Thanksgiving (for what God has given and done). The prayers from Revelation in today’s second reading are clearly of the first type, and they remind me that adoration is the prayer I neglect the most.
Does the sort of praise I read in Revelation put me off somehow? To an American in a democracy, does it sound too much like the old formulas accorded to royalty? Today I remind myself that adoration is not about humiliation, but about humility and wonder, simply marveling, with or without words, that God is God and I am His beloved child.
Prayer: My God, my Creator, I worship and adore You.
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