Prayer and service are keys to finding meaning in life.
Three points of the Homily:
1. Life is meaningless
How often have we heard people speak like that?(cf. Job 7:1-3) Perhaps we have felt like that ourselves sometimes. Fed up with life, bored with our work. How many people do we know who find no enjoyment or satisfaction out of their work? We can hear them say “I just do it for the money.” How sad!
2. Jesus as our Model
Jesus is totally occupied in putting himself at the service of people and bring healing and wholeness back into their lives. And this is what gives meaning, fulfillment, satisfaction and happiness into people’s lives – when we are making our unique contribution to the well-being of those around us and of our society.
Jesus went to a deserted place and there he prayed. He needed this. He had given away so much of himself that He now needed to be by himself, to recharge his batteries and above all, to get in touch with his Father. No matter how busy Jesus was, he would always find time to pray to the Father. Jesus sees the value of prayer because it is in prayer that he grows in his intimacy with the father, knows His will and rests in his Father’s love.
3. Prayer and Service
People who manage to break out of selfishness and focus on caring for the needs of others find a sense of purpose and fulfillment far beyond any possible worldly gratification. The only way to find true happiness is to make other people happy. Life’s meaning is not found in getting more, but in giving more.
Another key to having meaning of life is that we need to take time to pray no matter how busy we are. Jesus was so busy preaching the gospel, healing the sick and casting out demons and yet he took the time to pray. If Jesus, who was perfect, needed prayer in order to fulfill His mission, how much more for us who are so imperfect, so weak, so vulnerable to every sort of temptation and wounded by every kind of sin?
“we need to pray, and the fruit of prayer is deepening of faith, and the fruit of faith is love, and the fruit of love is service.” - Mother Teresa