Have you ever been too busy to pray? Have you ever found yourself so overwhelmed by an upcoming event or project that you forgot to take time for prayer?
I do it all the time. I get so preoccupied with my part in things, that I lose sight of the fact that I'm never expected to do any of this alone. He, Jesus, wants to do everything, even my part. That's
what communion - living a life in Christ - is all about (see Galatians 2:20). Christian life is a living participation in Jesus' saving work.
Church teaching sums it up well:
"God has freely chosen to associate man with the work of his grace." (CCC 2008)
We've been given a part to play in the redemption of the world. Prayer keeps us rooted in a life of grace, connected to the source of divine life and living in the mission. It keeps us in communion with the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. It's the wellspring of the Holy Spirit. If we're too busy to pray, we're either doing more than God asks of us, or, and this is more likely the case, we're doing exactly what God wants...but on our own, without proper nourishment.
The Christian life - thanks to baptism - is a work of love. But it's God's work. The moment we find we're too busy to pray is precisely the time to stop, just for a moment, and say a quick prayer. The more open we are to grace, the more effective our own efforts become.
"Man does not live on bread alone" (Matthew 4:4), and yet I always have time to eat. May his grace help us all to live a little less like Hobbits and a little more like monks.