Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Reflection for Saturday November 12, Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr; Luke 18:1-8

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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Reflection:
How persistent are we when we have prayer petitions before God? If God seems silent and unheard of; do we easily give-up that He will hear our prayers petitions? Do we lose our faith when we don’t hear/feel any signs from God about our pleadings?

In the gospel Jesus gave the disciples a parable about a Judge who neither feared God nor respected any human being and a widow who was very persistent with her petition before the judge to grant her a just decision against her enemy.

Initially it would seem that the judge would not grant her request but the widow was very persistent and she never gave-up thus she continued on badgering the judge. Eventually the judge granted her petition for a just decision.

We all have our own silent prayers before God, we may have been praying for weeks, months, even years and it may seem that God is absent and quite. Let us not lose hope let us continue to storm the heavens with our prayers.

 For in His own time of choosing and when we least expect it He definitely will respond to our prayers. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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