29th Sunday, Ordinary Time

Oct 20, 2019

God invites us to come…in prayer again––and again––and again––and
promises blessings to those who do.

Today’s gospel from Luke invites us to reflect on ‘HOW’
we communicate with GOD.
“I tell you; ‘HE’ will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.”

Jesus invites us to freely and persistently ‘TELL’ GOD about our needs,
‘OFTEN’ …our ONLY form of prayer.
But ‘IF’ this is what Jesus wants us to do,
WHY does it seem that our prayers go unanswered?
‘IF’ only ‘PRAYING’…were like ordering pizza.
You tell God…what you want …and HE…delivers it.

Our readings today have one combined message:
-perhaps not exactly the WAY we want it – BUT – God does ACT.

Maybe we don’t get the results…we THINK we deserve…
could it be…because ‘WE’ lack enough FAITH ‘OR’ Our prayer life needs HELP??
Maybe we should REMEMBER…
that prayer… is designed to CHANGE ‘US’….NOT ‘GOD’.

Exodus tells us: “As long as Moses kept his hands raised up,
Israel had…the better of the fight,
but when he let his hands rest, – Amalek had the better of the fight.”

We KNOW that the fastest way to accomplish anything
pleasing to God…is by FAITH. (BELIEVING in HIM)
FAITH…can ‘BE’ expressed in many ways, but especially through prayer.

When we ‘DON’T’ ‘PRAY’ always…but rather lose heart,
‘WE’ may be missing the point of our conversation with God.
A Deepening conversation would Help ‘ME’ to accept God’s answer…
which might ‘NOT’ be the answer ‘I’ had in mind.

It appears to have taken longer for Joshua to win in the valley
because Moses grew tired of praying on the mountain.

IN the SECOND reading:

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
Who is coming to judge the living and the dead, and
by His appearing and His kingly power,
‘I’…charge ‘YOU’ to preach the word.”

God is present because He loves us.
He has not left us orphans.
‘HE’ is present to us-
here in the Eucharist and here in our HEARTS.

He knows completely our every thought and action.
Therefore, the Lord ‘IS’ in a position to judge us…justly and mercifully.

He knows all that we have done right or wrong.
and YET, ‘HE’ still LOVES us unconditionally.

He could return at any time.
He ‘IS’ not only ‘OUR’ Judge…BUT
‘OUR’ Savior, Lord, and God.
We who are in love with Him…can’t wait to see Him soon and forever.

So, let it be said….’JESUS’ can and will do ‘ALL’ that ‘’HE’ promised.
He is always…able to save us.

LUKE directs us to accept:
“…the necessity of praying always and not losing heart.”

Jesus teaches us to pray in perseverance for our needs.
He reminds us more about ‘HOW’ to pray…
always with perseverance and power, here and elsewhere in scripture:

Pray by listening to God
Pray with faith. Always with the confidence that God will answer.
Pray without ever losing heart, that is, not growing weary and not going through the motions of prayer
Pray the words of Scripture: The Word of God has powerful force
Pray in confident power with others
Pray without ceasing

Ask Jesus to give you a new heart and opened it to receive
the love ‘HE’ is pouring out through the Holy Spirit.
Your FAITH will grow in ‘LOVE’…instead of growing weary.

In the final verse Jesus asks the question:
“When the Son of Man comes, ‘WILL’ He find FAITH on earth?”

The judge and widow represent opposite ends of the social spectrum.
The judge is the perfect example of power––
bound by neither jury decisions nor courts of appeal––
and the widow is the perfect example of powerlessness.

But it makes ‘NO’ difference to our understanding of this parable
‘WHY’ this judge gives the woman what she wants.
This judge is ‘NOT’ a “stand-in” for God.
Instead, this parable contrasts this evil judge with our ‘LOVING’ God.

“The critical issue is ‘NOT’ the fidelity of God ‘BUT’ human faithfulness”
We can be certain that GOD is faithful,
‘BUT’ less certain about ‘OUR’ own faithfulness.

“When the Son of Man comes, ‘WILL’ He find FAITH on earth?”

Prayer requires faith
which produces MORE love and knowledge of Jesus.

To pray often is to seek a stronger bond of love as well as
a greater desire to know HIM very intimately.

When the Son of Man comes will He find faith?

Perhaps a more personal way of asking this question is:

When I meet the Son of Man face-to-Face,
‘WILL’… ’I’ already be well-acquainted with Him?

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