We Must Always Trust in the Father’s Will

POPE BENEDICT XVI

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In our continuing catechesis on prayer, we now consider Jesus’ own prayer, particularly in the context of his miracles of healing. Both the cure of the deaf man (Mk 7:32-37) and the raising of Lazarus (Jn 11:1-44) show us Jesus at prayer before cases of human suffering. His prayer on these occasions reveals not only his profound identification with the suffering but also his unique relationship with the Father. In the case of the deaf man, Jesus’ compassion leads him to introduce his prayer with a deep sigh (v. 34). In the case of Lazarus, he is deeply moved by the sorrow of Martha and Mary, and weeps before the tomb of his friend. At the same time, he sees the tragedy of Lazarus’ death in the light of the Father’s will and of his own identity and mission. Jesus’ example teaches us that in our own prayers we must always trust in the Father’s will and strive to see all things in the light of his mysterious plan of love. We too must join petition, praise and thanksgiving in every prayer, knowing that the greatest gift God can give us is his friendship, and that our example of prayer can open our hearts to our brothers and sisters in need and point others to God’s saving presence in our world.

 

I offer a warm welcome to all the English-speaking visitors present, including the groups from Vietnam, Nigeria and the United States. As we prepare to celebrate the Saviour’s birth at Christmas, I cordially invoke upon you and your families his abundant blessings of joy and peace!

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3 comments to We Must Always Trust in the Father’s Will

  • Mary Bellino

    JACQUELINE’S words above, touched me! “Jesus was moved in every instance by their faith..so, He healed them. It is our faith and trust that heals us! Doubt is sinful. Worry is sinful. Both are opposite of faith. Standing firm on His Holy Word is like a beautiful fragrance to our Triune God.”
    Faith obtains everything because Our Lord can not turn His back on one who firmly believes!! He said that if one had faith as big as a mustard seed, and he said to the mountain, move, the mountain will move! We should always pray for a deep and firm faith and trust in God as it is very pleasing to Him and he WILL answer our prayers. Also, her reference to doubt and worry reminded me of words I read once and keep on my frig……GOD COMMANDS YOU TO PRAY, BUT HE FORBIDS YOU TO WORRY. Thank you, Jacqueline.

  • Jacqueline

    Relative to prayer, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Your will, not mine be done!” Then, I recall that Jesus did change His itinerary to grant His Mother’s request at the Marriage feast at Cana when He changed the water into wine! What amazing love Jesus had for His Mother. Then, somewhere in the bible it says that Our Lord wants us to be whole and complete which prompts me to believe that He means in a state of grace free from sin and afflictions. Then, it is written in John 9:31 that Our Lord listens to the godly and not to the sinners. Therefore, when we sin, we invite all kinds of problems of sickness, injuries, divorce, losses, disappointments, etc. It would behoove us to stay in a state of grace and accept any hardships as reparation for our sins and our family’s sins in union with Christ’s sufferings to and on the Cross! Jesus was moved in every instance by their faith..so, He healed them. It is our faith and trust that heals us! Doubt is sinful. Worry is sinful. Both are opposite of faith. Standing firm on His Holy Word is like a beautiful fragrance to our Triune God.

  • Brian Murphy

    We were never taught how to pray; we were only taught to learn the few prayers without any proper explanation. What we hear at church is not much use as this barrage is a put down which is the opposite of God telling us that He offers us His friendship love forgiveness and encouragement etc. We need first to learn properly about God before we can pray properly to Him. Also at Mass we must understand what is going on and how we should participate; I never heard a priest explain this properly as obviously the priests do not really know either; they just have a superficial knowledge of Catholicism and they just follow the bishops instructions to avoid trouble instead of going b their own conscience which would have them sacked and silenced.

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