Go, Come, Do This

“And I say to one, Go, and he goes;
and to another, Come here, and he comes;
and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.” The Centurion (Luke 7:1-10)

Are those words eerily similar to Jesus’ prayer life? When Jesus meets up the hoards of demons and commands them to “Go” and they do just that (Matthew 8:28-34). Jesus asks His disciples to “Come” and follow me. They leave family, friends and their business (Matthew 4:19). To the expert in the law, Jesus said, love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.. “Do this and you will live.”

In the first reading, Paul’s offers us a brief catechism on prayer. In the words of Charles Hummel, his framework is the fireplace for the fire of Jesus’ anointing.

Most of my prayer life is located in the dry bones of I Timothy 2. Then are times when God shows up and all I need to say are “Go!” “Come!” “Do This and you will live.”

‘The first task in life is this: prayer.’ But not the prayer of words, like a parrot; but the prayer of the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord,” Pope Francis

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