Saturday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini—(1850-+1917) Patroness of Immigrants
Wisdom 18:14-16, 19:6-9, Psalm 105: 2-3, 36-37, 42-43, & Luke 18:1-8
In the day's Gospel narrative, Jesus chooses the rather unusual parable about a corrupt judge to illustrate His point of always praying, especially when we are in need. The judge ultimately grants the widow's petition not because the petition was just but because he does not want to be bothered with her. The parable's point is clear; just as the widow continually presents her petition to the judge, so must we continually present our needs (petitions) to the Lord, and the Lord will eventually respond.
Interestingly, in an earlier chapter, Luke presents Jesus making a similar point through an equally strange parable. The parable involves two friends. One friend in the middle of the night comes to borrow three loaves of bread. After persistent knocking, his friend finally gets out of bed and takes care of the friend's need, not because of friendship but because of his friend's persistence so he can finally get some sleep.
We often misunderstand the purpose of seeking God's help in prayer. Unfortunately, many see prayer primarily as a means of "controlling God" for material advantages for ourselves or others. We do not see prayer as a way of acknowledging the most fundamental relationship of our lives—our relationship with God, our creator.
Through persistent prayer, we slowly realize that our Father in heaven responds to every prayer. The response is often the best God can give, which is His presence through the Holy Spirit. With this presence, we have the guidance and strength to manage life's stress and problems. Amen to that!
Question of the Day: Will you use Jesus praying in Gethsemane as your model for prayer to our Father?
Prayer: "Will not God then secure the rights of His chosen ones who call on Him day and night?" (Luke 18:8)