LISTEN: Reflection for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C

One of my interests and the topic of my research was the impact of technology on our identity / spirituality. I love the latest gadgets (and use them!) but I often wonder what these gadgets do to us – what they do to our spiritual lives, how they impact on relationships, how they reorder the social fabric and whether they enable real communication or disable it.

Scriptures today ask us to reflect on our communication with God – what we call “prayer” in our Christian lives. In the First Reading Abraham pleads the cause of those in Sodom with God. He is like a child really pushing the boundaries! In the Gospel Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray.

Prayer is something that we talk about a lot. There are tons of books about prayer, but also something that we really struggle with – or at least I know I do at times. In a world that is fast, demanding and at times overwhelming, prayer can be the least of our priorities or, at times, seem like a distraction rather than an essential.    

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the four things the Scriptures teach us about Christian prayer on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C.

Read the texts in your Bible:
Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ
B.A. (UNISA) B.D. (Urbaniana) M.Th. (UKZN)

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

r.pollitt@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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