Father Edward Hopkins, LC
Then Jesus told them a
parable about the necessity for them to pray always
without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in
a certain town who neither feared God nor respected
any human being. And a widow in that town
used to come to him and say, ´Render a just
decision for me against my adversary.´ For a long
time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
´While it is true that I neither fear God nor
respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering
me I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.´" The Lord said,
"Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will
not God then secure the rights of his chosen
ones who call out to him day and night? Will
he be slow to answer them? I tell you,
he will see to it that justice is done for
them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes,
will he find faith on earth?"
I believe in you, Lord, for you are mine
and have proved your love for me. I trust
you, for you have never let me down and know
what is best for my life. I love you
Lord for all your gifts. I desire to love and
to do your will.
Petition: Teach me
to pray always, Lord.
1. Becoming Weary: We can
become weary in prayer when we don’t see results. This
happens because either we have a distorted idea of
prayer, or we have taken on worldly views that
undermine our appreciation for its true value, or simply because
we experience what seems to be failure in prayer
(Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 2726-2728). Prayer
is a gift and comes from the Holy Spirit. It
is neither a machine nor a magic formula. It
requires effort on our part, for it is an
act of love, self-giving. Prayer works if I persevere and
allow God to act. Sometimes I will not see
its effects. To continue to seek God in prayer is
already the best fruit of prayer. Do I depend
2. The Judge: If prayer is about giving myself
and depending more on God, then it becomes a
question of how I understand God. I depend only
on those I trust, and I trust only those who
have proven their love and ability to support me.
Do I really believe God is all good, all-loving and
all-powerful? Do I believe he cares about me? God
for us is a judge, but so much more.
He is first of all a loving father and a
dedicated, unconditional savior and lover. As a loving Father
he wants our trusting dependence. He wants us to
3. The Chosen Ones: Who are we for God? We
are more than simple creatures, more than worthless slaves.
We are beloved children, for whom he died and
to whom he gives everything. We are the frustrated scholars
and broken lovers that he desires to raise up
to share his infinite truth and love. We are
chosen ones, chosen for him, for happiness, forever. Out of
the darkness and slavery of sin, he frees us
so that his glory will shine in us. Now, if
we are all this and more for God, why
do we doubt in prayer? Let us place all our
confidence in him.
Conversation with Christ: Dear
Lord Jesus, increase my knowledge of your love for me.
Help me to trust you in my everyday life.
Open my heart to persevere in prayer. Grant me
the humility to see how I need to pray, always
and in so many ways. Teach me what prayer
is and how to do it well for love of
Resolution: Throughout the day, I will dedicate
myself to simple, small invocations and prayers that express
my love, gratitude and trust in God.