Saturday of Week 32 in Ordinary Time
Pray continually and never lose heart
Today’s gospel reading brings to mind a few other bible verses — ‘Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ 1 Ths 5:16- 18.
‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.’ Rm 12:12
Today, I was feeling upset about a situation and with the person who was the ‘perpetrator’. I was beside myself. Angry with myself more than with this person. As I was reading my social media feeds, this one popped up. Jesus beckons us to come and tell Him everything that’s in our hearts. It goes something like this….Come tell me about all that is troubling you today. Tell me about the person who has caused you hurt. Pray for the grace of forgiveness and I will heal the pain. Tell me about the hurt you have caused someone, how this person is reacting; tell me how you feel. Tell me about the person that needs healing from a sickness. Tell me about the person who has asked you to pray for him……
God calls every one of us to be persistent and faithful in prayer. Pray about everything.
At once, I was led to pray about my feelings of being slighted. It was God’s way of reminding me to bring this situation to prayer. And all too soon, my anger sort of dissipated.
You may recall some time back, I wrote about my prayer life. Dead as a rock was how I described it. I have been praying about a situation in my journey for a few years. For a long time, I felt that God was not home. He wasn’t giving me any directions, not being my signpost. It got to a point where I got tired of listening to my own prayers. But I persisted, bored as I was. It isn’t always easy. There are times when God gave me absolute peace and joy with the situation. Then there are times when I feel like a dark cloud hovers over me. But I am still praying about it today. What we are expected to do seems very ordinary, but it takes God’s extraordinary grace to keep at it.
Today’s gospel reading tells us to ‘Pray always and not lose heart’. Like the widow who was so persistent, that the judge’s patience wore out; he finally settled the matter in her favour. What more will our Father do for us? He may be silent now, but know that He sees everything and writes the storybook of our lives. I may seem to be going nowhere, but I know that when the time is right, He will lead me to where I need to be.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth? Will you still be standing there, faithful?
(Today’s OXYGEN by Geraldine Nah)
Prayer: Lord, we pray for the grace to remain faithful and steadfast in our prayers. You have called us to come tell you everything that is in our hearts. You never tire of listening to us. May we never tire of speaking to you and never lose heart.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Father, for listening to the prayers of our hearts today.