Jesus doesn’t pray out loud very often. It’s extremely rare to hear Jesus praying out loud in the parable. It is said several times that Jesus retreats to pray in silence, but we rarely see that in public. He also blames the Pharisees for standing on the corners of the streets praying out loud to be seen by the people. You shouldn’t pray like that, he says to his disciples. But today we read in the gospel that Jesus prays out loud to praise and thank His Heavenly Father, because He can be found by the simple people who seek Him, rather than by all the scholars and high priests who are hard on God. God is not difficult for those who turn to Him with confidence.
Pastor of the weekend: Gregory A. Brenninkmeijer SJ