Be Persistent in Prayer

vvvBe Persistent in Prayer

In the gospel for this Sunday, we see the persistence of prayer. I was inspired by the widow who continually for a “long time” begged for a judgment against her adversary. Giving up her persistence was not something she was going to relinquish no matter how uncomfortable and time consuming it was. She did not give in but finally the judge gave in reluctantly just to get rid of her who he considered a pest.  How many justice issues are we persistent about?

Two especially come to my mind – gun violence and the death penalty. They are taking a “long time” to overcome. Gun violence is almost an everyday occurrence in this country. Our greatest hope came when President Obama tried to pass measures to curtail the use of guns. It was rejected by Congress but he and many citizens are still persistent in ending such rampant gun violence even if it takes a “long time.” We will not give up. We persist by writing letters to our congress people, have concerts and sing peace songs, dedicate a weekend (Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath – Dec. 14 – 18) to pray for an end to gun violence and support our Representatives who staged a “sit in” on the house floor. These actions are persistent. And we have Faith!

In regard to the death penalty, organizations and citizens persistently petition and work with states to abolish the death penalty. Because of this persistence, 18 states have abolished the death penalty and the percentage of citizens who oppose it keeps rising. This can only happen when we hold steadfast in our persistence to the cause which has been and probably will continue to be over a “long time.” It may be a “long time” of persistence but we are told in Luke’s gospel that “God will see that justice is done…” And we have Faith!

Sister Marge Wissman, OSF
FAN Board Member
Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation Director
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN

Suggested Action:
To be persistent in your support of the Social Justice Issue most important to you even if it takes a “long time”.

Suggested Petitions:
May we open our hearts to the response of the Lord in our lives, we pray…

For the people in the Caribbean and Haiti who are being affected by Hurricane Matthew, may they continue to persevere in prayer and faith, we pray…

Collect Prayer:

Almighty ever-living God,

Grant that we may always conform our will to yours

And serve your majesty in sincerity of heart.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God for ever and ever.


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