Questions for going deeper with the Scriptures for Sunday, June 3rd
Prayer. It’s something that we all invoke, even if we claim to be spiritual but not religious. But what is prayer all about? Is it us expressing our needs, hopes and fears? Is it God listening to us? Is it an energy that we plug into through centering actions of silence and mindfulness? Is it a way in which we relinquish our will and accept God’s, connecting with the work that God is already about in our world? Today’s scripture points to all these facets of prayer and also offers a deep challenge to an exclusive vision that God only listens to prayers done in one particular spot. Common in Jesus’ day, and mostly foreign to us, this notion of having a privileged or exclusive relationship with God still makes up part of the religious perspective we move in. How do you experience prayer? How do we as a community? How is God calling us to move beyond our expectations, to being a house of prayer in a deeper and wider way?