Saturday, November 15, 2014

Not One But Two



Given the chance, would you want one treat or two?   It seems like a silly question.  But today's liturgy shows us that God desires to give us not one grace but two.

"Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.’”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Luke 18:1-8

As we look at this passage, we see that faith grows whenever we wait.  And faith ceases to grow whenever we give up.

We all know that God answers prayer.  We also know that He has given us everything.  In fact,  He didn't even withhold the most precious possession that He has only one of, his Son.  

"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romas 8:32 

What does that God desire to give us when we pray?  Not one but two "treats".  One is that He wants to answer our prayer.  The second is that He desires we grow in faith.  If He gives us what we ask the minute we ask for it, we lose out in the opportunity to grow in faith.  Where there is waiting, there is growth.  Just as a seed grows through time, so does out faith.  Our faith is what will bring us to heaven so it is definitely worth growing!  It's worth the wait! 

So let's not miss out on the grace of waiting for God's answers.  Yes, let's keep praying and waiting and be confident that as we wait, we not only will receive one but two graces; the answer to our prayer and the maturity in faith.

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