Good afternoon from Soho where after making an act of faith I’ve just bought a bike to replace the one that was stolen some months ago.

Perhaps it ties in with today’s Gospel reading:

In your prayers do not babble as the gentiles do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard.

8 Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 So you should pray like this: Our Father…

Because no sooner was mass and adoration over than I felt boldly guided by the Holy Spirit to buying a bike.

Some might say this is silly but I beg to differ!! God really is a father and He knows the things we need from the spiritual things to the material things like a bike.

For me buying a bike is like buying a house for someone else as my budget is so small and so I thank God for the lady that gave me £60 at Christmas towards a bike and also for the people who send me some money now and then. Living on providence is truly humbling and yet even more humbling is seeing how God looks after me all the same from little donations and offerings here and there.

It’s true that at times we don’t buy the things that we actually need and we buy the things that we don’t need.

And not only that! Often we say and do the things that we shouldn’t say and do and we don’t say and do the things that we should say and do!

Yes, it can seem at times that we are like slow moving snails when it comes to growing in holiness and trust.

And this is why Jesus says today ‘will ye ever shut-up and listen’ (paraphrasing).

He asks us to pray to Our Heavenly Father and to listen and to trust in Him!

Our Father wants to guide us so that “his will be done on earth” and that’s why He gave us the greatest gift of all, the Holy Spirit.

God so desperately wants us to tune into the Holy Spirit and thus become Holy and docile to His will because so often our ideas and thoughts are nothing but good intentioned babblings that ultimately lead us down the wrong path.

God doesn’t want us walking around blindfolded. He loves us too much for that which is why He is calling each one of us to prayer so that He may teach us and guide us and open the eyes of our understanding to what we really need and how to act and behave.

And so today, I thank God for the new bike and for the gift of faith and I invite you all to pray slowly the Our Father with me, trusting that Our loving Father has good plans for each and every one of us.

Pray for me and once again thank you to those of you who continue to help me through prayer and financial support.

Michael