St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario

Pray continually and never lose heart

“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always
and not to lose heart.” (Luke 18:1)

Jesus tells us over and over again to pray continually. The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge reminds us to never give up in our prayers.

“They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were
leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar,
was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’
Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly,
‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’
And they called the blind man, saying to him,
‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ ” (Mark 10:46-50)

This short passage in Mark speaks to us with just as much strength about the persistence of prayer. Can you picture Bartimaeus shouting out to Jesus as he walks by? Those around him telling him to be quiet. And Bartimaeus just shouts louder! And then, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ That’s where our prayers are leading – the moment we realize that Jesus is calling us. He has heard our prayers.

Don’t give up! Be persistent! Keep praying!

Think of those we study in the history of our Church who have never faltered in their prayers, never stopped shouting out to Jesus. Saint Monica is one of my favourites. She prayed for years for God to save her son – St Augustine. If there ever was a saint behaving badly, St Augustine would have been the one. But Saint Monica never gave up and God gave us one of our greatest Church Fathers.

Prayer isn’t easy – and it doesn’t always come naturally. I’m betting most of us say little prayers all day long – but conscious, determined prayer is something we should all carve out in our day. Five minutes before your day begins – or five minutes when it ends. Time to reflect and not just time to talk to Jesus, but to take the time to hear him call. Persevere and build your relationship with God.

Here are two links which are posted on our website: Monsignor Joe’s homily on Luke 18:1-8 and a reflection on prayer.

Msgr Joe Shiels Homily October 16 2016

Reflection on Prayer

Reflect on the meaning of prayer and recognize the pull in your life to speak to Jesus.

Father Neil

What we ask for .......
I asked for strength,

and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom,

and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity,

and God gave me brain and brawn to work.
I asked for courage,
and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for love,
and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favours,
and God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted,
but everything I needed.
     From Msgr Shiels' Homily - July 5 2015

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