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Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
ThursdayOctober 13, 2016
Our natural state is one of being filled with grace, in love with God our Father. Our life is a constant struggle to accept the loss of our natural state and our journey to regain that state of grace and the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit; to be restored, body and soul, to full relationship with our Creator.
The Scriptures for this coming Sunday help us on our journey. Moses teaches us the great value of intercession and perseverance in prayer, never giving up no matter how wearied or discouraged we might be (Ex 17:8-13). The psalmist reminds us to lift our eyes to the Lord who is our help and our guardian (Ps 121:1-8). Paul encourages us persevere not only in faithfulness to what we have been taught, but also in evangelizing others, persuading them with love, teaching and correction, to see the Truth of God (2 Tm 3:14-4:2). Finally, Jesus tells of the persistent widow, affirming the notion of never giving up, and trusting that God, our Father, who loves us as no one else does, will deliver a just decision and secure the rights of those who are faithful to him (Lk 18:1-8).
Along our journey, we might look to our right and to our left to see who is supporting us. On our path to holiness, we might find as companions those with whom we live and serve or perhaps suffering and sorrow. We may also find at our sides Mary and the saints, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Or perhaps Jesus is at the center with our ego and our selfishness flanking him on either side, guiding us on our journey. Regardless of whom we encounter along our journey, let us always keep Christ in our sights so that we like Paul & Timothy can stay true to that which we have learned until we reach that final goal where we find our place in Our Father's mansion!
"Proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching" (2 Timothy 4:2)
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