Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C
“There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
The need for persistence in prayer, as Jesus taught in the Gospel today, is very much like the internet we so love. Prayer is not just an action. It is not just a recitation of formulas that we have memorized since we were children. True prayer is entering into the presence of God, to be present to the God who is present everywhere. There is a need for silence because in silence we begin to resonate and hear the voice of God. All the actions, the recitations, the rituals, the objects of prayer are but helps that assist us into that state of being united with God.
You see, prayer is not about petition. Prayer is about being connected with God. Think of yourself as a mobile phone trying to reach out the cell phone towers in order to attune to that much longed for LTE connection. This connection is not just an uplink of our intentions and petitions, but it is also a downlink, a download, of God’s being. Every time we pray, we enter into God, we absorb God who is love, and we become more like God. That is why all pray-ers slowly but surely begin to become like God.
The more we talk to a person, spend time with a person, and waste time with a person we begin to know more about a person and love that person. Prayer is like that. It is getting familiar with God. Familiar means we become a family to Him. God is our Father, our Abba and we are His beloved children. The more we pray, the more persistent and constant our connection with Him, we begin to understand Him, His mind, His plans, and His intentions for us. When we take upon ourselves the way God perceives reality, we will begin to feel at peace and everything falls into place.
This is the reason why Jesus insists that we pray insistently. Jesus insists that we keep that connection live because the more we are connected to God in prayer, the more we become like God and God begins to live in us. And when we have God within us, we have nothing to lose and nothing to fear for we know He knows our needs and our needs will be met more than what we prayed for at the proper time.
So the next time you pray, consider yourself as someone downloading the mind, spirit, and being of God. The internet that we have now is nothing to the network of connections of creatures and things that the universe is. And this network that we call the universe is pulsating with one lively message for you and me: God is love.