XXIXth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year C

Posté par diaconos le 16 octobre 2019

God will do justice to his chosen ones who cry out to him

 

Prayer is a power. It touches the eternal forces and sets them in motion; it pushes God into action. It is the inner ministry before God that is most feared by Satan because prayer is a power, the blossoming of intense spiritual work that results in great visible works.

Prayer is a power. It touches the eternal forces and sets them in motion; it pushes God into action. It is the inner ministry before God that is most feared by Satan because prayer is a power, the blossoming of intense spiritual work that results in great visible works.

From the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke

 Jesus spoke a parable to them, to show that one must always pray, and not let go. He said : There was a judge in a city who did not fear God and who had no regard for anyone. There was also a widow in that city who came to tell him, `Take me justice for my adversary.  For a long time he refused. But then he said in himself : Even though I do not fear God and have no regard for anyone, Nevertheless, because this widow is bothering me, I will do her justice, so that she will not keep coming and breaking my head.

The Lord added: Hear what the unfair  judge says. And will God not do justice to his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and will he not be long in coming for them ? 8 I tell you, he will do them justice promptly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth ? (Lk 18, 1-8)

Homily  We must pray unceasingly and without discouragement !

Prayer without tiring, in faith and trust, is the central theme of today’s texts.  « We must pray unceasingly and without discouragement » (Lk 18:1b), you tell us, Lord. From the first reading of the book of Exodus, we learn a lesson of perseverance and a certainty: God does not save man without man.

Persevering prayer constantly crosses the path of our fidelity, small or great, but also of our infidelity, subtle or insidious. But above all, it remains a discreet sign of our desire for salvation within us. How beautiful, Lord, to know that you understand our difficulties.

This Sunday’s parable paradoxically shows us the reward that God reserves for those who surrender themselves to Him. We have two important people in this story : on the one hand a judge who does not fear God and has no respect for anyone and on the other a weak widow, but convinced of her rights and determined, to the very end, to affirm them.

In the end, the judge gives the widow what she asks for, simply to avoid annoying her. In the first reading, we have another example of constant and patient prayer: the prayer of Moses. In addition to this coherence, Moses and the widow of the Gospel have something in common. They are both on the side of the weak and the oppressed.

The widow, because she is part of it, and Moses, because she belongs to a people of the oppressed. God always listens to the prayers of these little ones. Unlike this wicked and unscrupulous judge who ends up, out of selfishness, giving in to this widow, God, who is infinitely benevolent, will promptly do justice to those who love him and invoke him.  It is persevering prayer that is effective.

Unlike this judge, God is Father. Then Jesus revealed it to us and taught us to pray with him : « When you pray, say Father » (Mt 6, 9) The prayer to which God answers is the persistent and obstinate prayer that never gives up loving assurance : « Father, I love you enough to believe that you can give me what I ask, much better and perhaps more than I ask you, how and when you want in your infinite love ».

« All prayer techniques are good when they bring man into contact with God » (Dr. Carrel).

It is through his Word in the Bible that God teaches us, corrects our mistakes and educates us for justice. The Bible is the food that sustains our conversation with God and strengthens our faith. The Scriptures give us Wisdom and biblical meditation is the best way to mature faith. (Second reading : Tim 3, 16-17)

« Believing in God the creator of the world means accepting his word, nourishing oneself with it and above all adhering to his person. In short, we must always pray without tiring of patience in faith : « But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?   » (Lk 18, 8)

Prayer and Christian life are inseparable because it is the same love, the same love for all people, the same love with which Jesus loved us so much. « Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will grant it to you. What I command you is to love one another » (Jn 15:16-17) Amen
Deacon Michel Houyoux

Complementary information

To encourage his disciples to pray with perseverance, Jesus offered them the example of a poor widow who, with insistence, obtained justice from a judge who, fearing neither God nor men, made him just for his selfishness and to free himself from his discomfort.

If the persistent complaints of the poor widow had the effect of exasperating this unscrupulous judge and finally deciding to do justice, the more a persistent prayer will have an effect on God who loves us infinitely and wants to satisfy us !

Tell me why you pray ? Pray to change God or that your prayer will transform you and help you to enter with faith into his plan for yourself and others, which is not always in accordance with what you want.

The loss of the meaning of prayer is a very clear sign of a decrease in faith that justifies Jesus’ concern. The position of Christians in the world makes them feel this urgent need for prayer at all times; without it, each of them would be like this poor widow, oppressed and in need of all protection.

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God’s promise is certain, infallible. Will you have the courage to persevere to the end by keeping the true faith that only you can keep in communion with Jesus Christ ?

They pray with joy and confidence and above all they persevere

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Pray with faith, that is, pray to enter into God’s plans for you; pray to let yourself be transformed by Him and thus enter into God’s patience with others and with yourself.

Deacon Michel Houyoux

External links

◊ Click here to read the article →   « …will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who   cry out to him day and night.”

◊ Prayer request : click here to read the article → Cry Out To Him Day And Night

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