The second reading on Sunday, the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, comes from St Paul’s first letter to Timothy.
Paul establishes that the Church is to pray. It is God’s will that all be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth. And the Church is called to be servant for this work, not least by her prayer, and by her own peacefulness and care, love, for all people.
My advice is that, first of all, there should be prayers offered for everyone – petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving – and especially for kings and others in authority, so that we may be able to live religious and reverent lives in peace and quiet. To do this is right, and will please God our saviour: he wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth. For there is only one God, and there is only one mediator between God and mankind, himself a man, Christ Jesus, who sacrificed himself as a ransom for them all. He is the evidence of this, sent at the appointed time, and I have been named a herald and apostle of it and – I am telling the truth and no lie – a teacher of the faith and the truth to the pagans.
In every place, then, I want the men to lift their hands up reverently in prayer, with no anger or argument.
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Pope Francis calls the Church to this prayer also. On Tuesday there is a gathering in Assisi of leaders of all world faiths to witness together of the rightness of such prayer. Each in their tradtion praying for peace for the world.
For some background to the Day of Prayer and the work for peace click here.
- For who will you pray?
- With whom will you pray?
For some helpful reflections on prayer and a pattern of prayer to sustain Christian life and mission click here.
At prayer. Nantes Cathedral. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.