Posted by: livingscripture | November 15, 2014

Thirty-second Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“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…’  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?”  (Luke 18: 1-2, 7-8)          


How should we live this Word t_Healing_the_Woman

Jesus, our Teacher of prayer, suggests that we ‘pray always without becoming weary’.  In time, if the prayer is true, said with humble, patient, and constant hope, it will surely be heard.  But we must not fall into superstition that exacts an automatic and instantaneous response from God, with the desire to bend Him to our will.

Today’s parable is very suggestive.  As happened in those times, a widow is alone without help, without support.  She stands before a judge who has no conscience, and who feared neither God nor humans.  The chasm between the widow’s prayer and the judge’s attitude could not have been greater.  The woman entrusts herself to prayer in all hope.  She has nothing more to lose and casts all her suffering and her very life into her prayer.  Jesus calls attention to the fact that, even among human beings, such an insistent prayer will be heard, and even more so, when it is directed to God.  If we do not stop and entrust ourselves completely to God, crying out to Him without tiring, day and night, God will turn to us and hear our prayer.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall renew my complete trust in God’s Goodness and in His Provident care for me. 

Lord, I trust you implicitly and know You hear me always. 

The voice of Tertullian, Founder of Western Christian Literature 

Let us offer our prayer to God like a host pleasing and acceptable to Him: offered with our whole heart, nourished by faith, tended by truth, integral through innocence, pure through chastity, crowned by love, accompanied by a host of good works.



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