Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
II Timothy 3:14-4:2
“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Those words are very haunting to me, but I believe they are the message for us this weekend. Those words of Christ should help us examine our own prayer lives. There are times I sit quietly before God, and there are times that I am screaming at God, either way, I believe we should be passionate about praying. If prayer does not change us then we are not praying correctly. Prayer allows us, to sit in the embrace of God and see the world through God’s line of vision. Prayer introduces us to be more concerned about God then ourselves, and ultimately to be more concerned about others.
In our Gospel, Jesus gives us the meaning of the parable, ‘to pray always and to be persistent in our prayer.’ The parable begins with a judge ‘who neither fears God nor respected any human being.’ This judge has a widow who is very persistent and comes to him every day asking him to make her request. Eventually he gives in and changes his mind. It is a great parable about praying always and never losing heart. However, the judge changes his mind for all the wrong reasons! I think the meaning of the parable is better understood if we see God as the widow, and us as the judge. When God is the widow it turns everything upside down, and makes better sense. Now we see God as always after us, never giving up, he is always finding new ways to get our attention. We are the ones, ‘who do not fear God nor respect others.’ We are constantly turning our backs on God, and finding new ways to avoid him.
So why are we more like the judge and do not spend more time in prayer? We lose heart, we do not see the results we want, we feel God is ignoring us, we feel isolated, and the list goes on and on. With God as the widow, this should give us hope, because God never gives up on us. God is going to get us! If God is the widow then it may be easy to see God as praying for us! In Hebrew the word prayer meant to stand in the presence of God. What we need to know is God is standing in our presences, praying for us. He is loving us unconditionally, which means, God will find new and creative ways to send us messages, so we will know that he love us.
My friends in Christ, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” I hope so! We learn more about how to pray coming to the Eucharist and living in community. When Moses got tired and could no longer keep his hands up, Aaron and Hur were there to help him. That is community living. We have been taught how to pray by the saints, and we are to teach our children and grandchildren how to pray like the saints. That is why we gather each and every week to find support here in the Eucharist. Now is the time to know that God is finding every means possible to seek us out, and to help us change our direction. Do not despair, God will find us, may we turn to him now in prayer.