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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 17, 2010

PRAYING WITH PERSISTENCE AND TRUST

The message of today is what every parent knows all too well – it is quite imprudent if you give your children everything they want all at once. Rather, you wait, knowing that in time, they begin to know what is good for them.

In today’s readings, we have this message about our need to be persistent in prayer. And while we can say that all of this is true, I believe our first reading gets to something even more basic than the qualities of prayer. Why do we pray?

If God loves us and God is all-powerful, then he could simply answer all our prayers at once. Why the charade? Why not just give us what we need?

And to that, I would answer with another question: do we really want God to answer all our prayers right now? Because almost everything we pray for is going to come with sacrifices and changes.

We must be persistent, but we must also trust that God will fulfill his promises, but not before we are ready for them to be fulfilled.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Exodus 17.8-13; 2 Timothy 3.14-4.2; Luke 18:1-9)

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