This week’s readings continue the theme of prayer as Jesus teaches on his journey to Jerusalem. Jesus is now in the Temple in Jerusalem. Last week we learned about perseverance in prayer. Now the teaching of Jesus emphasizes attitudes and intentions while at prayer. The first reading and the psalm now add the connection between prayer and the moral life of holiness, and the life of prayer is rooted in the Holy Spirit. In other words, prayer itself comes from God and returns to God.