Day 8 of the Novena to Saint Joseph
Welcome God… Enter into the mystery of prayer!
Jesus climbed the mountain to pray. We, too, have climbed the mountain to pray at the Oratory. For Jesus, the moment of prayer is a moment of enlightenment that transfigures Him: He finds comfort and reassurance in His Father. His prayer is not a parenthesis in His life: it is at the heart of His life and it illuminates the approaching hour of His Passion, which He has already announced to His disciples.
Today, the Father declares to us: “This is my Son, whom I have chosen. Listen to Him” (Luke 9:35). It is by listening to Jesus that we can welcome the mystery of prayer as listening to God and His desire for the salvation of us all.
We come to prayer here with many requests for ourselves or requests for people who have entrusted their suffering to us… These requests are the sign of our humanity, which needs healing, and the sign of our faith in the compassion of God and the intercession of Saint Joseph and Saint Brother André.
But it is up to us to discover another dimension of prayer: we must listen to Jesus to learn how to listen to the Father with Him and enter with Him into the mystery that has the power to transfigure us!