Daily homily thoughts, 7/11

Today we hear about Jacob’s wrestling with the Lord’s angel. Prayer should sometimes be a wrestle. I remember my silent retreats, 7 days each. They should not be entirely peaceful. Sometimes they should be violent. The Lord likes to confront us, and he tells us things in prayer we initially don’t much want to hear. It can be a wrestle. But he wins and that is good for us all. Jesus tells us to pray in our gospel today. And then we celebrate today the feast of St. Benedict, sixth century monk and founder of the Benedictine order. Millions of men and women have given up their lives for prayer, to follow his rule and live in his prayerful ways. Praise God. Prayer is everything.