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Part Four

calls his disciples to bring into their prayer this concern for coop­

erating with the divine plan.

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In Jesus “the Kingdom of God is at hand.”

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He calls his

hearers to conversion and faith, but also to

watchfulness.

In prayer

the disciple keeps watch, attentive to Him Who Is and Him Who

Comes, in memory of his first coming in the lowliness of the flesh,

and in the hope of his second coming in glory.

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In communion

with their Master, the disciples’ prayer is a battle; only by keeping

watch in prayer can one avoid falling into temptation.

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Three principal

parables

on prayer are transmitted to us by St.

Luke:

The first, “the importunate friend,”

75

invites us to urgent prayer: “Knock,

and it will be opened to you.” To the one who prays like this, the heavenly

Father will “give whatever he needs,” and above all the Holy Spirit who

contains all gifts.

The second, “the importunate widow,”

76

is centered on one of the qual­

ities of prayer: it is necessary to pray always without ceasing and with the

patience

of faith. “And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find

faith on earth?”

The third parable, “the Pharisee and the tax collector,”

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concerns the

humility

of the heart that prays. “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” The

Church continues to make this prayer its own:

Kyrie eleison!

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When Jesus openly entrusts to his disciples the mystery of

prayer to the Father, he reveals to them what their prayer and ours

must be, once he has returned to the Father in his glorified human­

ity. What is new is to “ask

in his name.

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Faith in the Son introduces

the disciples into the knowledge of the Father, because Jesus is “the

way, and the truth, and the life.”

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Faith bears its fruit in love: it

means keeping the word and the commandments of Jesus, it means

abiding with him in the Father who, in him, so loves us that he

abides with us. In this new covenant the certitude that our petitions

will be heard is founded on the prayer of Jesus.

80

71 Cf.

Mt

9:38;

Lk

10:2;

Jn

4:34.

72

Mk

1:15.

73 Cf.

Mk

13;

Lk

21:34-36.

74 Cf.

Lk

22:40, 46.

75 Cf.

Lk

11:5-13.

76 Cf.

Lk

18:1-8.

77 Cf.

Lk

18:9-14.

78

Jn

14:13.

79

Jn

14:6.

80 Cf.

Jn

14:13-14.

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