Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 12, A.D. 2005
Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9
Psalm 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's Gospel narrates a powerful parable about persistence in prayer
courage in pursuing justice. The widow is completely fearless about
harm the corrupt judge could inflict on her for pursuing justice. The
is impressed and a bit afraid of this stubborn woman who will NOT take
for an answer. There are few forces more powerful than a righteous
when championed by a truly inflexible promoter. And the judge,
he is, gives in and grants her request.
The lesson is clear: we must not give in too easily to apparent
the Lord to answer our prayers. God may be testing us, finding out
strong our faith really is. Implied in this story is the criticism
give up too quickly in our petitioning, either because of fear of
angry, or out of lack of conviction that prayer really does make a
God loves to hear His children seek His beneficence and His mercy.
renewed courage and determination, let's take this parable literally to
heart, and be convinced that God loves to hear his people cry to Him.
St. Josaphat, the saint of the day, earnestly sought for reconciliation
between the Church at Rome and the Eastern churches. So convinced was
his cause, that he bravely gave his life in witness. He was bodily
into the river and drowned. Perhaps we need another courageous
our time to bring out reconciliation between the Holy Roman Catholic
and the Russian Orthodox Church. A martyr's blood is often the price
Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
St. Josaphat, bishop and martyr
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