FR. GERALD MUSA HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: PERSISTENT PRAYERS
BY: FR GERALD M. MUSA
HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 6 2022
One of the greatest spiritual maladies today is the failure to persist in prayer. We easily discontinue and give up prayers when our prayer requests are not granted immediately and instantly. Prayers require patience, perseverance, and determination. For example, Abraham pleaded persistently for mercy on the people of Sodom (Genesis 18:16-33); Hannah consistently prayed to have a child and went to the temple to seek the gift of a child (1 Samuel 1); Elijah prayed patiently for rain until the rain came (1 Kings 18). Cornelius was known as a man who prayed constantly and consistently (Acts of the Apostles 10:2-4). Jesus gives a beautiful example of persistence in prayer in a parable about someone who went to his friend at midnight to ask for three loaves of bread, which he would offer to his guest who just arrived on a journey and is hungry. The friend shouted at the man in need with several strong complaints: ‘Do not bother me’; ‘the door is now shut and my children are in bed with me’; I cannot get up and give you anything’. The man in need would not take ‘no’ for an answer and he kept knocking until the door was opened. A consistent prayer life is not just an empty routine but this spiritual exercise of persistent prayers helps to build and strengthen our faith and deepen our relationship with God. Do we pray frequently, always, and persistently?
Thursday, 27th Week