You can be sure that the early Christians were sustained by Jesus’ parable on praying always and never losing heart. It takes perseverance in prayer but also action on the one who is doing the praying. There is a definite link between prayer and action. What is our prayer life like? Many times, God invites us to assist him in getting the prayer answered.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini –
We need to get on with feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, visit the sick and imprisoned. This is what the kingdom is all about. When Christ comes again let Him find us living His life as His followers and we won’t have to worry about going home to gather our belongings. We must live so that when He comes, He will find us doing His will.
St. Josaphat –
Take time today to recall those friends of God and prophets who have enriched your faith. What has Lady Wisdom taught you through them? And how have you passed on her gifts of goodness and holiness, tranquility and generosity, discernment and love for life? Recognize, too, your own place in the unending line of teachers who affect eternity.
St. Martin of Tours –
Does our daily living reflect to the world that we are grateful people? Does the Eucharist, this prayer of thanksgiving come alive through us each day? Does gratitude permeate our lives? Are we thankful only when we compare, or are there times when we are just plain thankful?
St. Leo the Great –
Jesus reminds us in his parable of the faithful servants that our relationship with God should not fill us with self-righteousness but humble us with gratitude for what God has done for us in our lives. The only meaningful response we can make to God is to try to love others as he loves us. We live and move and have our being only because of the incomprehensible, creative love of God.
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica –
Today is the feast of the mother church of Christendom, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. This ancient church of the bishop of Rome is a symbol of the unity of the church and a magnificent reminder of that greater temple, which is the community of faith, resting on the cornerstone of the risen Lord. Through the Holy Spirit may the sense of the sacred be strengthened in our hearts, that we will honor and cherish all that is holy.
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time –
Divine delays are an expression, not of rejection, but of love. If somehow, we can see that, our flame of faith will not go out. We will have the extra oil that enables us to rekindle it and keep it burning during these times when we need it most.
Is my life becoming more and more pre-occupied with money? Is my attachment to money and all that it can buy dictating my lifestyle? Could it be that my life is spiritually empty? Today let us ask God to help us be more alert to that which really matters in our life, namely our relationship with God.
Jesus approaches us and asks, “How much do you owe my heavenly Father?” Everything we have, all that we are and hope to be, we owe to the God who gifts us with eternal life and love. Then Jesus offers us a real deal. “How would it be,” he asks, “if I abolished your debt with a one hundred percent discount? This is why God sent me into the world, ‘not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved.'”
When our life seems to crumble, or we feel lost do we ever think that it might be because our prayer life is not what it should be? Do we ever take the time to go in search of whatever it is that is keeping us from a better relationship with God? I find great consolation in the words of St. Paul to Timothy: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the greatest.”