HOMILY FOR THE 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C
THEME: PRAY CONTINUALLY AND NEVER LOSE HEART
BY: Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY OCTOBER 16 2022
This is the 29th Sunday in ordinary time. Christian life without prayer is empty. Pray is the language God understands. It is the language spoken by everyone who seeks the face of God. Jesus himself prayed and taught his disciples this language called prayer. In Israel of old, Moses spoke this language to his people. He spoke this language even by using his arms such that Amalek who could not understand it lost the battle and Joshua won (Cf. Ex. 17:8-13). If you learn to speak this language to God continually, you will win any battle both physical and spiritual.
Those who speak this language also give others support. This was why Aaron and Hur supported Moses when his arms became very heavy as he prayed. This is why Christians pray for each other and also ask the saints to pray for us sinners. Paul encouraged Timothy to maintain this tradition he had been taught. “You must keep to what you have been taught and know to be true…, proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it” (2 Tim. 3:14 – 4:2). Simply put, insist on praying,
This language that draws God’s attention is a powerful instrument. Today’s gospel states as follows: “Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart” (Lk. 18:1-8). Even the unjust judge was able to change his mind because of the widow’s insistence on prayer. Thus, our insistence on prayer touches God. No amount of prayer is too much. When you pray, have strong faith and try to be patient, God will surely answer you when the time comes. For God’s time is the best. Happy Sunday.
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