SUNDAY OCTOBER 20, 2019 TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 18:1-8
Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
REFLECTION: "pray always without becoming weary"
We have all persisted in what we wanted, needed or felt we should have. Studies were hard in college but dutifully doing our work won out. Getting ready for that first high school reunion when we still wanted to impress will drive us to the gym daily and near starvation. We can come up with story after story where our persistence paid off.
In the gospel reading we hear of the widow who would not give the judge any peace. Though she was not praying to God for help, her story shows the results when one does not give up.
With persistent prayer we must have faith, trust and hope and a belief that God is good. St Monica is a perfect example of how she did not falter nor whine nor complain nor ask "why" but she had such faith in God she knew He would answer and He did. Patricius, her husband, was violent, a non christian, an alcoholic and unfaithful. St Augustine was a rebellious teenager, immoral and disrespectful to his mother. For years St Monica prayed for their transformation--praying, fasting and sacrificing without ceasing. Patricius became a pious Christian the last year of his life and St Augustine eventually left his worldy ways and lived a life of celibacy devoting his time to the service of God.
Because we think we deserve what we ask for, we can get impatient and think God is slow. At times we act as if He were a magician. We forget who God is. We don't deserve anything and nothing is due us. However because God loves us we are given a big dose of mercy. But once we get what we want what do we do with it? We can give that which He has given us to others and we can sing His praises through testimonials.
Always and confidently knowing that God will listen to our prayers, we pray in God’s generous and open heart.