Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 17, 2010
Exodus 17: 8 – 13
2 Timothy 3: 14 – 4:2
Luke 18: 1 – 8
The parable that Saint Luke records for us in his Gospel, and that the Church has assigned to this Sunday Mass, offers us an insight into the necessity of prayer and its effectiveness.
Perseverance in prayer is necessary. God always hears the pleas we make to Him in prayer and He always answers them.
The sin of injustice, mentioned in the Gospel narrative this morning, is especially offensive to God because it reflects contempt which one person, one group or one nation shows for another person, group or nation.
Yet in His response to the injustice and to the request to “right the wrong,” Christ does so in a way, in a manner, and at a time which He deems beneficial for everyone concerned. The answer given to the offended person is the answer given to the offended person is the answer Jesus gives. It may not be the only one we expect but since God is perfectly just, there is no better response.
Here it is helpful to recall the lesson contained in the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds in the Gospel of St. Mathew (13: 24 – 30).
A person who prays must learn to persevere in his prayer and trust in the Providence of God. And while it is true that, in itself, prayer does not change anything, it is also true that that person who prays in himself changed and can make the changes that are necessary.
Lord Jesus Christ, hear us when we pray and give to us what you want us to have.