29th Sunday in Ordinary Time by Fr. Greg

If we want to know what Jesus’ parable is about in today’s gospel, it seems that we don’t need to work too hard because Saint Luke tells us right at the beginning: “Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” This parable has often been used to bring comfort to us about our prayer life. But could there be a more challenging message for those who take stewardship seriously? Widows were the poorest and most vulnerable of people in Jesus’ time. Oppressive legal and economic structures were the norm. Could it be that we are also encouraged to pray persistently for the poor, the weak and the vulnerable as we hear their cry for justice? And that we must not lose heart that we can effect change in their lives? 

 

Prayer for stewardship in thanksgiving and sharing 

Loving and Generous God,  

You are the source of all that we are and all that we have, the Giver of life and abundant grace, Father of every generation. We thank You and we praise You. 

We thank You for the gift of your Son, Jesus, Who brought us your mercy and salvation through His Death and Resurrection. 

We thank You, Lord, for sending us Your Spirit to complete the work of Jesus and bring us to the fullness of your grace. 

Open our hearts to the gift of Your grace. Make us faithful stewards, good receivers and generous givers. Teach us that we serve You as we share the blessings we have received, building bridges of service to people of all ages, especially those in most need of kindness and comfort. 

Be with us, Lord, as we witness to Your Good News in all that we do in our homes, parishes, and in the workplace. Open our eyes to see Your presence in all we encounter. Open to Your love, may it always flow through our hearts. 

This we pray through your Son, our Lord Jesus, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. 

Amen. 

 

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