July 28, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me. — Psalm 138:3
Mass Readings: Genesis 18:20-32/Colossians 2:12-14/Luke 11:1-13
Persistence in Prayer
In today’s Old Testament reading, Abraham argues with God about the number of good people it will take to save Sodom and Gomorrah. Because he’s so persistent, he’s able to bargain God down to just 10 people! This reading ties in with the Gospel in which Jesus talks about the importance of persistence in prayer. He tells us that like the man who eventually rises and gives his neighbor some bread, God — who is much more loving than any neighbor — will respond to our persistent requests.
It isn’t easy to persevere when prayers don’t seem to be answered, but Jesus tells us we must stick with it no matter how long it takes. It’s not enough to just ask; we’ve got to keep asking in faith until a door is opened.
Prayer: Jesus, give me the strength to continue praying even when my prayer seems unanswered.
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