The Second Reading from the Office of Readings for Sunday in the 29th week of Ordinary Time of the Liturgy of the Hours is “From a letter to Proba by Saint Augustine, bishop:”
Why in our fear of not praying as we should, do we turn to so many things, to find what we should pray for? Why do we not say instead, in the words of the psalm: I have asked one thing from the Lord, this is what I will seek: to dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, to see the graciousness of the Lord, and to visit his temple? There, the days do not come and go in succession, and the beginning of one day does not mean the end of another; all days are one, simultaneously and without end, and the life lived out in these days has itself no end.
Indeed, why do we pray for so many things when Heaven fulfills all our desires?
From the Gospel According to Matthew:
Matthew 6:33 “Therefore, seek first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added to you as well.”
From God come all things; we seek Heaven above them all. If we seek with all our desire to live in the Lord’s house all the days of our life, and place that above all other things, how can He not give us what we need?
It is such an earnest prayer. It is a prayer in which we desire to come Home most of all, away from this life’s troubles.
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