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November 14, 2020

St. Joseph Pignatelli, SJ

Lk 18: 1-8

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” 

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

What gives you hope? 

Today Jesus emphasizes the importance of, “the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary,” as we hear in the translation read at Mass. One could read this passage and ask why God answers some prayers and not others? This question is another conversation and I don’t think it is the focus of Jesus’ parable. I don’t hear Jesus saying we should disregard the reality of stress and burdens of our lives. I hear Jesus saying that we should not lose hope.

Take 10 seconds and name one thing that gives you hope.

Imagine that one thing being a warm light in the midst of your challenges today.

Adam Mescher is a graduate of Marquette University High School and Marquette University and currently works as a hospice chaplain.

 

Prayer

You are the Lamb of God who willingly came down from the heavens and was sacrificed because of your love for me. Yet, the burdens of this world remain. Slow me down that I might settle into your magnanimous desire for me to feel your love. You, the Creator of the universe, have already won the war. You are here so that I may not lose hope and you are actually by my side if I have the faith to believe it. If you Created the heavens and the earth, then it is nothing for you to be my next breath.

—Adam Mescher


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November 14, 2020

St. Joseph Pignatelli, SJ

Lk 18: 1-8

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” 

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

What gives you hope? 

Today Jesus emphasizes the importance of, “the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary,” as we hear in the translation read at Mass. One could read this passage and ask why God answers some prayers and not others? This question is another conversation and I don’t think it is the focus of Jesus’ parable. I don’t hear Jesus saying we should disregard the reality of stress and burdens of our lives. I hear Jesus saying that we should not lose hope.

Take 10 seconds and name one thing that gives you hope.

Imagine that one thing being a warm light in the midst of your challenges today.

Adam Mescher is a graduate of Marquette University High School and Marquette University and currently works as a hospice chaplain.

 

Prayer

You are the Lamb of God who willingly came down from the heavens and was sacrificed because of your love for me. Yet, the burdens of this world remain. Slow me down that I might settle into your magnanimous desire for me to feel your love. You, the Creator of the universe, have already won the war. You are here so that I may not lose hope and you are actually by my side if I have the faith to believe it. If you Created the heavens and the earth, then it is nothing for you to be my next breath.

—Adam Mescher


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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