"Pray always without becoming weary"
Last Sunday, we learned through a “foreigner” that faith not only heals but also saves. This Sunday, October 20, 2013, in our Gospel reading from Luke 18:1-8, Our Lord gives us the example of a widow who - in faith - perseveres in prayer and thereby obtains what she asks for.
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 20, 2013 (29C)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
Sunday Mass Readings
Podcast of the Readings
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Lecturas y Comentarios
Prayer of the Hours
Burning Question: What does "pray without ceasing" mean?
Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.
Book of Exodus, Chapter 17, Verses 8-13
1. Could Moses have kept his hands raised (or “prayed constantly”) without the help of his friends? Can you relate to this story in any way? Discuss ways you can let friends support you when you can’t manage something by yourself. And how about you: whom do you support spiritually?
2. In this reading some people were at battle and some were at prayer. The outcome of the battle was determined by the prayer. How important do you think prayer is to the success of your ministry?
Psalm 121: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
1. Our psalmist says that the Lord is beside you at your right hand. Speak of what it is that reassures you of the Lord's protection on your journey.
2. The Psalm is about the power of prayer and of trust in the Lord. Give an example of how you have persisted in prayer and obtained the Lord's help in overcoming difficulty.
Letter to Timothy Chapter 3, Verses 14-17, Chapter 4, Verses 1-2
1. What task does Paul lay on you in this reading? What instruction book does he give you to carry out the task?
2. Is proclaiming the Word of God central to all the activities of the Church? To your parish? To your life? How do you proclaim the Word of God in your work?
According to Luke, Chapter 18, Verses 1-8
1. Jesus Christ is telling the story. What does he want to make clear to you about petitioning God? Discuss this statement: “When you pray for rain, take an umbrella” (Fr. Paul Coutino).
2. Jesus promises that God will answer our prayers speedily. Does that help your confidence? How does faith relate to persistence? How does this Gospel make you feel?
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