It is 16th November 2019. We celebrate the memorials of Saints Margaret and Gertrude. The readings are from Wisdom 18:14-16, 19:6-9; and the Gospel from Luke 18:1-8. In a hurry we miss God at times. Or some of us choose to leave God as we focus on ourselves exclusively. In the first reading the author invites us to encounter God in nature and in the history of salvation. Faithful people are rewarded by God while unfaithful are punished. The Lord is consistently faithful throughout the history. God takes God’s time in delivering God’s people and deals with those who refuse the deliverance and freedom to God’s people. When it all looks like there is no way out humanly speaking, yet God opens up a passage to free us from all that we are enslaved. The exodus is the passage God created for God’s people to save them when they were cornered by the deep blue sea and the well-equipped Egyptian army. It is the greatest miracle that happened God’s people just because God’s faithfulness to deliver them. God does not create history but God is the Lord of History. The responsorial Psalm reminds us, “Remember the wonders the Lord has done.” (Ps.104:5). The Gospel encourages to stick ourselves to prayer. However, God seems silent and far, we must be persistent in our prayer. We must never take no for an answer in our prayer life. No one person or an event weaken the fabrics of prayer. No matter what happens, we must not lose hope in God. No prayer goes in vain when wrapped in faith. The gesture of pleading with tears and conviction need to be included in order to obtain our prayers. Without faith in God, we cannot be merciful. There is no room for despair for the one who hopes in God. May the Lord help us to approach God in trusting confidence at all times. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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