Seems rather obvious doesn’t it that what we do in the church begins and ends with prayer.
Growing up and attending religion class, each session began with prayer and ended with prayer. At mass we begin with several prayers and end with a prayer after communion and then a blessing to send us out into the world to share the good news. At St Joseph school the day begins with prayer and ends with prayer. It just seems to be the right thing to do.
Where did this practice come from? I think it comes from today’s reading in the Acts of the Apostles. They gathered together to fast and pray to discern God’s Will.
Notice it was not one person’s private revelation but God revealing His Will to all. I wonder, what if all of us on the various councils would fast and pray to discern God’s Will? Praying meaning everyone offers prayer. And would it be considered a fast if we fasted before our meetings as we do for mass?
We have our own personal way of prayer. If you examine the way you pray now, do you start and end each day in prayer? It doesn’t have to be a long prayer, just acknowledge God at the start and end of the day. Where do you find fasting fitting into your prayer life? It’s good to think about this.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen