Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 16th October 2022

Pray at all times and trust in the Lord

This week’s readings focus on the need for prayer and trust in the Lord, even when we feel isolated and despondent.

To this end, the First Reading tells the story of Moses, who is helped by his friends to continue brandishing the ‘staff of God’ even when he is too tired to raise his arms. Together they help to contribute to the victory against Israel’s enemies, the Amalekites.

The Psalmist puts all his trust in God, knowing that the Lord will guard his going and coming at all times.

St Paul encourages Timothy to be faithful to the Scriptures, which are inspired by God and a source of wisdom (Second Reading). Timothy is to proclaim the word, and support and encourage others with great patience.

The Gospel passage, sometimes called the ‘Parable of the Persistent Widow’, or of the ‘Unjust Judge’, reflects on the need to pray continually. We are to persist in our petitions, even if at first the Lord appears deaf to our pleading.

So this week, as we continue to pray for justice and peace in the world, particularly in open conflicts, we might keep in mind the lessons of this week’s texts. Let’s try to persist in our entreaties, perhaps with the help of friends, trusting that the Lord will guard us from evil.