IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME
The drama of prayer is fully revealed to us in the Word
who became flesh and dwells among us. To seek to understand his
prayer through what his witnesses proclaim to us in the Gospel is
to approach the holy Lord Jesus as Moses approached the burning
bush: first to contemplate him in prayer, then to hear how he
teaches us to pray, in order to know how he hears our prayer.
The Son of God who became Son of the Virgin also learned
to pray according to his human heart. He learns the formulas of
prayer from his mother, who kept in her heart and meditated upon
all the “great things” done by the Almighty.
He learns to pray in
the words and rhythms of the prayer of his people, in the syna
gogue at Nazareth and the Temple at Jerusalem. But his prayer
springs from an otherwise secret source, as he intimates at the age
of twelve: “I must be in my Father’s house.”
Here the newness of
prayer in the fullness of time begins to be revealed: his
which the Father awaits from his children, is finally going to be
lived out by the only Son in his humanity, with and for men.
The Gospel according to St. Luke emphasizes the action of
the Holy Spirit and the meaning of prayer in Christ’s ministry. Jesus
the decisive moments of his mission: before his Father’s
witness to him during his baptism and Transfiguration, and before
his own fulfillment of the Father’s plan of love by his Passion.
also prays before the decisive moments involving the mission of his
apostles: at his election and call of the Twelve, before Peter’s confes
sion of him as “the Christ of God,” and again that the faith of the
chief of the Apostles may not fail when tempted.
before the events of salvation that the Father has asked him to fulfill
is a humble and trusting commitment of his human will
to the loving will of the Father.
1:49; 2:19; 2:51.
3:21; 9:28; 22:41-44.
6:12; 9:18-20; 22:32.