Weekly Homily from Fr Jim Hogan, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 24, 2016

By Fr Jim Hogan                                       July 20, 2016

In my homily last week I mentioned my recent trip to Morocco.  It is a 100 percent Islamic country. I have a high regard for the People of Islam.  I appreciated the call to prayer that echoes across cities five times a day.  They worship God who is one, living and merciful.  They endeavor to submit themselves without reserve to the decrees of the Gracious Mystery they call Allah.  Prayer, fasting and alms-deeds are the pillars of their faith.
The gospel text today prompts me to consider some of the similarities between the people of Islam and we who are Christians. In this text we heard Luke’s version of Jesus’ teaching his disciples / us to pray to one God as “Abba” – “Father.”  Muslims pray to one God as Allah.  For them and for us, prayer means to open self to God and God’s will. 
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