Jesus hears our prayer
2616 Prayer to Jesus is answered by him already during his minis-
Resurrection: Jesus hears the prayer of faith, expressed in words (the leper, Jairus, the Canaanite woman, the good thief)8~ or in silence (the bearers of the paralytic, the woman with a haemor rhage who touches his clothes, the tears and ointment of the sinful woman).8~ The urgent request of the blind men, Have mercy on us, Son of David or Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!,86 has been renewed in the traditional prayer to Jesus known as the
sinner! Healing infirmities or forgiving sins, Jesus always responds to a prayer offered in faith: Your faith has made you well; go in peace. St Augustine wonderfully summarizes the three dimensions of Jesus prayer: He prays for us as our priest, prays in us as our Head, and is prayed to by us as our God. Therefore let us acknowledge our voice in him and his in us.8~
The prayer of the Virgin Mary
of time. Before the incarnation of the Son of God, and before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, her prayer co-operates in a unique
tion, for Christs conception; at Pentecost, for the formation of the Church, his Body.88 In the faith of his humble handmaid, the Gift of God found the acceptance he had awaited from the beginning
offering her whole being: Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it he [donel to me according to your word. Fiat: this is e: to be wholly Gods, because he is wholly ours.
faith. At Cana,8~ the mother ofJesus asks her son for the needs of a wedding feast; this is the sign of another feast that of the wedding of the Lamb where he gives his body and blood at the request of the Church, his Bride. It is at the hour of the New Covenant, at the
the true Mother of all the living.