29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 20 October 2019
It should come as no surprise then, that this attitude can extend to our prayer life. As people of faith, we trust that God hears and answers our prayers, but doubts can creep in rather insidiously when we don’t perceive a swift response from God. We don’t necessarily doubt God’s existence, but we may believe that God simply doesn’t care; that we are, perhaps, too small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. To use the phrase in today’s gospel, we can easily “lose heart.”
In this weekend’s gospel we encounter the parable of the widow and the unjust judge, yet another parable unique to Luke. The widow in the story certainly has not lost heart. She is the model of indomitable persistence, persistence which ultimately pays off as she receives the justice she has been seeking from the reluctant judge.
It is this spirit of prayerful persistence that Jesus suggests should characterise our relationship with God, for God will “see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night”, and that this will happen “even when he delays to help them.” Our persistence in prayer should not be understood as something God imposes on us as a means of annoying us for God doesn’t play childish games. By praying continually, we show God that we are serious about him and his care for us. In continuing to pray for our needs, we are deepening our relationship with God and thus deepening our love for God.
And this deeper intimacy between God and us will help us know when our prayer has been answered. It is not unusual for us to approach God with a prayer and expect a particular result, and when something else happens, think that God has not answered our prayer. A couple who know each other intimately after many decades of marriage have often only got that far because of well-developed communication skills, amongst other qualities. So it is with God: when we are in constant communication with God, we will know not to be too particular in our expectations because God is known for springing surprises on us!
And we can rest assured that when our prayerful persistence has paid off,
the answer we get from God will be the right one – let us not miss it!
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 13 October2019
“The other nine, where are they?”
THIS WEEKEND WE ARE gifted with another story which is unique to the Gospel of Luke, the story of the ten lepers being cleansed by Jesus, only one of whom returns to give thanks. On the surface, it might appear to be a simple case of Jesus effecting another healing miracle with only one of the lepers having the simple decency to thank Jesus for saving him from the continued scourge of leprosy (and a “foreigner” at that!). The final words of Jesus however, give us pause for thought: “Your faith has saved you.”
Wishing you a blessed week ahead,
Saturday 19 October: Vigil Mass for 29th Sunday, 5:00 pm
Sunday 20 October: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, NO MASS
Monday 21 October: Monday of Week 29, NO MASS
Tuesday 22 October: Tuesday of Week 29, 6:30 pm
Wednesday 24 October: Wednesday of Week 29, 9:30 am
Thursday 25 October: Thursday of Week 29, 9:30 am
Friday 26 October: Friday of Week 29, 7:00 am
Saturday 27 October: Vigil Mass for 30th Sunday, 5:00pm