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Doctrines & Morals

Prayer is an acknowledgement of God

3 Jn 1:5-8, Lk. 18:1-8. In today's first reading, John praises Gaius for his faith lived out in providing for missionaries and exhorts him to continue his support for those being sent out on the journey of faith. Another way of living out our faith is to grow in the virtue of perseverance and persistence as Jesus teaches in today's Gospel. To live our faith effectively, we need to imitate the persistence of the widow who would not give up in seeking for justice. The courageous widow went to court before a judge who respected neither God nor man, but kept up her plea until she got justice. She embodies the kind of faith the Lord wants to see in us. At the end of the parable, Jesus asks the question: "When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?" When He comes as judge, will find a faith that refuses to give up, even when many traditional beliefs have fallen away.

In this difficult time, there is a strong temptation to be faced with great discouragement to seek for what we desire, but to be a true follower of Christ is to be persistent. The supreme example of persistence in face of contradiction is Jesus, who remained faithful to the end. Jesus carries the point further by saying that God is loving and He is concern about us, unlike the uncaring judge of the parable. God will not only hear our plea and give us justice, He will also give us the best, more than we deserve. God wants us to admit our need for divine assistance which could be accomplished in prayer. Prayer is a powerful force in the life of a believer as it is an attitude of being aware of God in our lives. Prayer includes an acknowledgment of who God is - adoration, an acknowledgment that we are sinful - contrition and in need of God’s help - supplication.

May the Lord hear our prayers and may none of our petitions be made in vain! Amen!! Be safe and happy weekend!!!

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