Posted by: frburke23 | November 15, 2014

Thought for Saturday, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 18:1-8

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.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.’”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
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?”

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In this story, Jesus teaches us “about the necessity for [us] to pray always without becoming weary.  Even the unjust judge gave the widow what she wanted because of her persistence.  How much more will God, who is just and loves us, give us what we need?

Jesus encourages us to pray, to seek, to ask and to knock.  We are to be persistent.  But as we all know, we don’t always get what we want.  Our Father is a loving Father who gives us what we need.  That is why we always pray, “Thy will be done.”

I believe the goal of prayer is to unite our will with the will of the Father.  Jesus tells us that we are His brothers, sisters and mothers when we hear the word of God and act upon it (Luke 8:21).  As vocation director, I have become convinced that the way to find true joy and fulfillment in life is to pray, seek the will of God, and follow it completely and wholeheartedly.

Do you pray regularly?

Do you try to unite your will to the will of God?

Do you trust that God will give you all that you need?

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke


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