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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C


There is an old saying that “persistence pays off”. It is very true. If you want something bad enough and strive to do all you can to make it happen, then there is a good chance that it will come to pass. In this week’s readings, our Blessed Lord Himself tells us this very fact. He relates that if someone came to your house at night to ask for something, then you would get out of bed simply because they are your friends, or because they simply won’t go away until you do. However, we are always challenged to look at the readings and go deeper. Many of us have loved ones who have left the Faith or just stopped going for one reason or another. We want them to return. This is where intercessory prayer comes into play. In our first reading, Abraham is interceding for two entire cities and he actually negotiates with God in an attempt to save them. He is interceding on their behalf. It is not easy to do, especially when people don’t want to change. Yet it must be done. We need to pray like never before. Our young people are being swamped with all types of social media and things that I could never have imagined even ten years ago. St. Paul encourages us by reminding us of who we are in Christ and what a powerful and awesome God we serve. We need to use every Spiritual weapon we have. This means blowing the dust off of our Bibles and immersing ourselves in the words and teachings of our blessed Lord and His Church. We need to take those Rosaries down from the rearview mirrors where they have been dangling or out of the drawers they were tucked away in, and use them. We need to fast as well and offer up prayers for those we want to return to the table of the Lord. So, this week, let us seek, knock and ask and let us be persistent, and see what happens. Our Lord is faithful and will help us, but the time for action is now, not next week, or when we retire, or when we get around to it. We are Christians and it is time to take back what has been taken by the enemy…Something to do and to think about…May God richly bless you always…

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