Saturday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

November 16, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Margaret of Scotland (1045-1093) – Patron of Scotland

Wisdom 18:14-16

Psalm 105

Luke 18:1-8

Because the widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.”

If you have any doubts that God is our Father, read no further than the passage above from today’s Gospel.  Just think back when your children or grandchildren asked you for something “just once” and you may have assumed that they were not serious about the matter.  Their request went in one ear and out the other until they began to repeat the request over and over.  Now it’s getting serious.  Sound familiar?

Jesus suggests that God responds to our petitions in somewhat the same way when He urges us to persevere in our requests.  “Pray always without becoming weary.” 

Can you picture God as a parent of infinite patience as we bombard Him with requests ranging from global issues such as world peace to smaller matters such as getting an A on an exam or finding a lost key?  Personally my own strategy is to not bother God and go directly to my patron Saint Anthony when I misplace something. 

Today’s Gospel admonishes us to trust that God will “see to it that justice is done” which allows us to learn the hard way and doesn’t mean we always get what we ask for.  Wise parents never give their children everything they seek because children often want things they shouldn’t have or there is a better options to their choices.  Even as adults we beg God for something only to be disappointed when we don’t get it.  But maybe something better came along instead.  A win-win situation to be sure.  As Jesus reminds us, “Will not God then secure the rights of His chosen ones who callout to Him day and night?” 

Question of the Day:  Will you pray unceasingly to God prayers that are worthy for his ears?

Prayer:  Eternal Father, forgive me if I become impatient in my prayers to You.  Give me all that I need to persevere until death.

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