November 12, 2016
Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr
The Gospel Today
Jesus told his disciples 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?”
REFLECTION (Sem. Dondon O. Dimaano)
One of the holy persons to whom I have devotion with, Blessed Mother Teresa, has this to say about prayer: “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” Really, it is about trust, and basically being persistent with it.
Prayer connects us to the Lord. The nearest distance indeed between the heaven and the earth is just between the floor and our knees. Prayer time for me, whether community or personal prayer but more especially my personal prayer is my “daily date with the Lord.” It is allowing my time to be consumed in Him, devoted to talking and listening to Him even if what I am asking for is not yet answered. Everyday, God reveals to me His goodness; daily there is one beautiful aspect of God that springs up and that He lets me experience. Through this “dates”, I can say that the constancy of my love and devotion for Him has grown every passing day.
I pray because that is what keeps me with my Lord. As a priest in process, it is not so much about what I know about general facts and truths. It is what has been revealed to me in prayer that should inspire me to go on. First and foremost, I must be a man of prayer.
Our prayer to God does not add to His majesty and power. When we pray, it is for our own benefit. It makes us more trusting, more daring, and more faithful.