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20 October Sunday

World Mission Sunday

29th Week Ordinary Time

 

The Word

Ex 17,8-13 / 2 Tim 3,14-4,2 / Lk 18,1-8

(or Is 60,1-6 / Eph 3,2-12 / Lk 24,44-53)

Ex 17,8-13

Then Amalek came and waged war against Israel in Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some men for us, and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be standing on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” Joshua did as Moses told him: he engaged Amalek in battle while Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of the hill. As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight. Moses’ hands, however, grew tired; so they took a rock and put it under him and he sat on it. Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other, so that his hands remained steady until sunset. And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the sword.

 

2 Tim 3,14-4,2

Beloved:

Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, and that from infancy you have known [the] sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.

 

Lk 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?”

 

In other words…

 

Persistent prayer to God is the theme of today’s liturgy. The Gospel speaks of a super-kulit woman who pestered a certain judge to render her justice. The first reading describes Moses raising his hands in supplication to help his army defeat the enemy.

 

Why God wants us to pray unceasingly shows his attitude to us. He could not bear to be apart from us, the creatures he has created to be his own. This, I believe, is one great reason why he wants us to keep on praying to the point of “forcing” him to listen.

 

Interesting to note also is the fact that Moses was not asking something for himself, he was asking victory for his people. Remember what God told Solomon at one time, “Ask anything and I will give it to you”. Solomon petitioned God to grant him the ability to rule his people , and God was so pleased with him for not asking personal favors, rather for the good of others. The Lord granted Solomon’s wish and added personal wealth as bonus. If we want God to listen to us more effectively, let us ask others to pray for us.

 

The widow’s prayer indicates that prayer for what is just, for what is good, is also a prayer that God promptly responds to. Just and good, however, not from our point of view but from God’s.

 

In the end God decides what to give. On our part we keep in touch and wait for his response.

 

The second reading is a good conclusion to the theme, persistent prayer. Praying always help us to remain faithful and persevering .For s/he who perseveres to the end will save his life.

 

– Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD (DWS, Tagaytay City)

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