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Friday in the Octave of Easter

Date: 
Fri, 04/10/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

A prayer is more than a wish. A wish is a want, a desire formed into thoughts or words.
It could be couched in the form of a request, but is often pertains to something not yet acquired.
 
Prayer is founded on the thought of God, God’s power, God’s majesty, God’s goodness.
It is an invocation to God.
It emerges out of a religious and spiritual life.
The person praying is conscious of presenting him/herself to God
and it implies that there is at least the possibility of relationship with God.
There is a sense of respectfully bowing down before God,
of showing reverence in and through gesture.
There is faith that God hears. 
The person praying reaches out to God in spoken or unspoken word.
 
As we continue to celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
a mystery beyond human reason and comprehension,
it is fitting that we respond appropriately to God in prayer.
What can we say to God that expresses our joy, our thanksgiving,
our gratitude, our appreciation for the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ?
How can we communicate our faith, our adoration, our delight, our happiness,
our rejoicing, our excitement, our love for the sacrifice of His Son
which paid the price for our freedom from sin and death?
How can any human being indicate to God what it means to be given the privilege
to approach the risen Lord and to recognize the significance and importance
of this divine intervention that makes it possible to someday see God face to face?
 
There is a prayer that captures the essence of human response
and provides evidence to God of what is truly in human heart.
This prayer has been spoken from Old Testament times
and yet seems to seldom make it to the top of current day charts.
We often say it in church as a community
but I would be surprised if anyone here says in on a regular basis as a part of personal prayer.
It’s passed over all too quickly for something with a little more punch,
a little more style, elegance, refinement.
 
I think it’s time we resurrected this prayer;  give it the honor, the respect it deserves.
Let me begin what I hope becomes a growing trend by saying this prayer now:
“In the name of Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit”
That’s not the prayer.  This is the prayer:  “Alleluia”.
“Alleluia”.  There, I’ve said it twice.  I can say it again if you want.  “Alleluia”.
 
Alleluia is a one-word prayer that covers a lot of ground.
It is an acclamation.  It is a song of joy.  It is five minutes of applause for God in four syllables.
It is a way of recognizing the majesty, the transcendence, the power, radiance, splendor of God.
Alleluia.  Praise Yahweh.  Praise the Lord. 
This is what the angels sing in God’s eternal presence.
In this one word we acknowledge the glorification and the exaltation of the risen Lord.
During Easter Alleluia is our song.  May it also become our prayer.