Recognizing Christ

Posted by James Hahn on

Luke 19:41-44

I don't often imagine Jesus weeping, but here He is, weeping as He looks upon Jerusalem. He weeps because He not only knows the fate that will befall the city, but also the reason behind its destruction. Jerusalem and its inhabitants do not recognize Him.

All of the readings this week are in some way concerned with idea of recognizing Christ. On Monday, the blind man recognizes Jesus even though blind. On Tuesday, Zacchaueus recognized Jesus and did whatever he could to get a better look at Him! On Wednesday, those who recognized the king by "trading" were rewarded while those who did not were punished or slain. Tomorrow, Jesus will drive out of His house all those who not only do not recognize Him, but do not recognize even God's house.

The question then, for me, is will I recognize him? Will I ask for my blindness to be healed? Will I do what it takes to see Him? Will I recognize Him by the way I use or "trade" what He has given me? Will I recognize His house and treat it as such? Or will He weep over me as He did Jerusalem? Lord, help me to recognize you!

How to get better at prayer.
  1. Set a prayer appointment - Set a time on your calendar each day to meet and speak with God.
  2. Slowly increase your prayer time. - Don't jump in with an hour right from the get-go.  Build up your "tolerance" so to speak.
  3. Commit - to praying and slowly increasing your prayer time for 30 days.  Mark off the days on your calendar.  If you miss a day, jump right back in, don't give up.
  4. Pray - praying is talking to God, it's spending time with your attention focused on Him.  I enjoy spending time with my children regardless of their level of development.  God is the same way.  Spend time praying as best you can.  Use formal prayers if you want or simply speak in conversation.  Don't forget to listen
  5. Journal - Our newly revised 4 Simple Steps to Better Scripture Meditations: Guide, Workbook, and Journal walks you through 4 easy steps that will help you go deeper in your prayer life.  It includes 31 days of workbook and journal pages too!
  6. Read other good books about how to pray better - Prayer PrimerDeep Conversion, Deep PrayerTime for GodThe Spiritual Life: A Comprehensive Guide to Catholics Seeking Salvation
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