From today’s Gospel: ‘When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you’.

The fourth century Syriac writer, Aphrahat the Sage, wrote: ‘The moment you start praying, raise your heart upwards and turn your eyes downward. Enter inside your inner self and pray in secret to your heavenly Father. All this I have written to you on the subject of prayer: how it is heard when it is pure, and not heard when it is not pure … You who pray should remember that you are making an offering before God. Let not Gabriel who presents the prayers be ashamed by an offering that has a blemish’.

‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God’. May we grow in purity of heart, and persevere in our life of prayer, and may God bless you this day.