29th Sunday in Ordinary TimeOctober 19, 2013
PRAYER IS LIKE RUNNING
The key to our message this Sunday in found in Paul’s second letter to Timothy: be persistent with utmost patience in teaching. In other words, we are to have perseverance.
Each reading has its own insight into perseverance: In our first reading, unless Moses perseveres with his arms outstretched in prayer, Israel will lose their battle with the Amalekites.
As Paul writes to Timothy, he reminds Timothy that he has learned and believed since his infancy. He also encourages Timothy to be docile towards the scriptures and his teachers.
In the Gospel, we hear of a widow’s perseverance as she shamed the judge with her repeated requests. This judge, who even admits that he cares little for God or anyone else, is worn out by the tenacity of the widow.
In some ways, prayer is a lot like running – as it is marathon weekend here. Running isn’t hard – you just put one foot in front of the other – and it’s the same for the fastest and the slowest – no matter how far you go. The hardest part about running is simply beginning. Even if you have been running for years, the first mile is always a bit tough – just like prayer – because you have to settle into it.
CLICK HERE for the readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8)