From the Word of the Day
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? (Luke 18: 7)
Jesus invites us to be persevering and trustful in our prayer. He reminds us of the parable of the widow, a little poor person, insisting on justice from a domineering judge who does not respect God or people. In the end, the widow obtains justice through her perseverance because the judge does not want to be bothered by her again and therefore he pronounces his sentence against the widow’s adversary.
Thus, Jesus reminds us of the need for insistent prayer to obtain what we desire in respect to divine law and Christian charity. Only prayer can nourish our faith. The question Jesus asks at the end of this Gospel is meaningful and anguishing: “But will the Son of Man still find faith on the earth when He comes?”
Through prayer, we recognize the presence of God in our life. We ask Him for light and the strength to accomplish His will. We involve Him in our human reality so that He will intervene and render justice to the poor and the oppressed.
Lord, help me to be constant in my prayer. It is the way that I can communicate with You, above all in this year dedicated to Mercy. Grant that my prayer may obtain a generous and faithful heart so I can always serve You with humility and confidence.
The voice of St. Teresa of Avila
Ask God for help in your need. Tell Him everything and do not forget Him when you are joyful. Do not speak to Him with complicated formulas but with spontaneity and according to need.