. . . 2013-10-10, 27th Thursday C, Persistence and Perseverance

Homily 10-10-13,
27th Thursday Ordinary Time C

(Scriptures included after homily)

Do you know what the difference is between Persistence and Perseverance?  St. Paul tells us that we should Persevere in the Faith.  And Jesus tells us that we should Persist in Prayer.

Well, if we think about the two words, they both begin with “per” which comes from the Latin, meaning through.  And both words also end in “ance” or “ence” which comes from the Latin, “encia,” meaning condition.  So, through particular conditions we
are either to – keep the Faith or Pray.

Now, the remaining part of the word, Perseverance is “Severe.”  So keeping the faith, is going to happen through some pretty severe conditions.  In other words, we may run into some strong opposition, like the media, or materialism, or disasters that we just can’t figure out the reason for.  But, in general, Persevering in our Faith, just like perseverance in getting a college degree, will involve our being:

“Steadfast, despite the difficulties!”

On the other hand, the remaining part of the word Persistence is “Sist.”  And we all know what a Cyst is.  It’s one of those nasty bumps that seem to hang around forever, and never go away.  As a matter of fact, Cysts usually don’t go away unless we DO something about them.  So being Persistent is being:

“Obstinate, in spite of the difficulties!”

And Jesus is telling us – that we need to be Persistent in our prayer. 

I think that all of us who have had kids know well – what persistence is.  And we also know, especially if we’re a dad, and it’s our daughter being persistent, who usually wins!  It’s a great example of how we need to pray to God as well.  Remember our prayer acronym, A.C.T.S from yesterday?

– We AAdore you Lord.
– We’re CContritely sorry for all we’ve done wrong.
– We TThank you for all you’ve given us.
– So S – “dear Sweetie pie, now can I have the car keys!!!
(S is for Supplication – asking for our needs)

You know, brothers and sisters in Christ, God just loves
the Fearful and the Faithful,
the Persistent and the Persevering Believer.

And that is – without a doubt – All of you!

May God bless you always – in Jesus Name!

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Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1:  Mal 3:13-20b

You have defied me in word, says the LORD, yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”  You have said, “It is vain to serve God, and what do we profit by keeping his command, and going about in penitential dress in awe of the LORD of hosts?  Rather must we call the proud blessed; for indeed evildoers prosper, and even tempt God with impunity.”

Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another, and the LORD listened attentively; and a record book was written before him of those who fear the LORD and trust in his name. And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my own special possession, on the day I take action. And I will have compassion on them, as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.

Then you will again see the distinction between the just and the wicked; between the one who serves God, and the one who does not serve him. For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts.

But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.

Responsorial Psalm:  PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

R.Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked Nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, But delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night.
R.Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree planted near running water, That yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers.
R.Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so the wicked, not so; they are like chaff which the wind drives away. For the LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R.Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Gospel:  Lk 11:5-13

Jesus said to his disciples: “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed.  I cannot get up to give you anything.’

I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?

If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

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