Reflection on The Shema Prayer - Fr. Frank Giuffre
The Shema is the most important prayer in Jewish tradition, and is most likely the first words Jesus prayed as a child. It's composed of Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Deuteronomy 11:13-21, and Numbers 15:37-41. This prayer points to the proper posture of a believer before the Lord: one of listening. Ultimately, the Shema is fulfilled by Jesus at His transfiguration.
Fr. Giuffre is the Chair of the Department of Sacred Scripture at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
- n Hebrew, “shema” means “hear” or “listen.” Do I make time to hear God’s voice?
- What sorts of things compete for my attention? Do they lead me closer to or farther away from God?
- How can I make time this week to intentionally listen to God’s voice?