Homily of the Day

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s first reading reminds us not to judge easily, or jump into conclusions when we encounter a situation. We are reminded that as long as we do our best to act justly, to be fair to everyone, to trust in the Lord and to serve God with the best of our ability, we can be sure that the Lord will guide us and show us the “distinction between the righteous and the wicked, and between those who serve God and those who do not.”

Today’s gospel strongly emphasizes the power of prayer and the need to be persistent in prayer. When we feel that God is not listening to us by not answering our prayers, perhaps we must remember that God’s ways are not man’s ways, and perhaps He has other plans for us.

As the Lord Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he also reminds us today to remember to pray. It is in prayer that we open ourselves to God. It is in prayer that we confirm our trust in the Father. It is in prayer that we confirm our sincerity and frankness with Him.