Thursday of 27th Week of Ordinary C

Persistence in Prayer

What is a prayer? It is “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship” according to Google dictionary. From the words of Saint Therese of Lisieux, “Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy” (Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.). Prayer is, from the teaching of the Catholic Church, “as God’s gift, covenant and communion” (CCC 2559-2565). Prayer “requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God” (CCC 2558).

In today’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus taught his disciples to have a persistence in their prayer saying, "Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Obviously, in asking, seeking and knocking, it requires a persistence. Have you and I persisted in our prayer? In difficulties or challenges of life, have you and I still prayed or gave up when it’s tough?

A little girl was about to go through a long and serious surgery, her doctor told her that she’s about to have a long sleep and asked her, “Are you ready?” Hearing that she’s going to have a long sleep, she got out of her bed, kneeling and praying as she normally did every day before bed time. She concluded her prayer saying, “May your healing hands upon me. Thank you Lord Jesus.” She then lied on her bed and let the doctors did what they supposed to do.

Next morning, when she awoke, she asked her doctor to see if her sickness was healed. Her doctor was touched and said, “You just let the Lord take care of you. What I believe is your prayer is answered. You have saved a person who is talking to you. I left the Church for a long time, but your prayer last night touched me and I went to a priest this morning for confession and attended Mass. Thank you for saving me.”

Her persistence in prayer of every day, even when she’s sick or about to go through a serious surgery, her persistence in prayer has healed her sickness or not, but it does have power to heal and to bring a conversion of a doctor. Have you and I persisted in our prayer both in good time and in bad? In our prayer, have you and I believed in the power of prayer, the healing hands of God upon us? Have you and I ever experienced the healing hands of God upon us or our loved one(s)? How would we experienced the healing hands of God upon us and our loved one if it’s not persistent in prayer? Decision is yours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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