Saturday, November 12
Saturday of the Thirty-second week in Ordinary Time
Roman Ordinary calendar
St. Josaphat 🔗 [[Read More]]
Third Letter of John 1,5-8.
Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers, especially for strangers;
they have testified to your love before the church. Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.
For they have set out for the sake of the Name and are accepting nothing from the pagans.
Therefore, we ought to support such persons, so that we may be co-workers in the truth.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 18,1-8.
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?”
Isaac the Syrian (7th century)
monk near Mosul
Ascetical discourses, 1st series, §21
“Pray always without becoming weary”
Blessed is the man who understands his own weakness, for such knowledge is the foundation, root and principal of all his good … When people know themselves to be deprived of divine succor then they pray all the more. And the more they pray, the more humble their heart becomes … When they understand this, they hold on to prayer like a treasure within their soul. And the greater their joy, the more their prayer is turned to thanksgiving … Carried away like this by such knowledge and wondering at God’s grace, they cry out, praising and glorifying God, telling him of their gratitude and declaring their amazement to the full.
Those who, in truth and not just in imagination, have come to bear such signs as these and to know such an experience, know what I am talking about and that nothing can go against them. However, let them cease from henceforth to desire empty things; let them persevere in God in continuous prayer and in the fear of being deprived of the fullness of divine help.
All these good things are granted them as soon as they are aware of their own weakness. By their great desire for God’s help they draw close to God, remaining in prayer. And the closer they draw to God by their determination, the closer God draws to them with his gifts, nor withdraws his grace on account of their great humility. For such as these are like the widow who cried out unceasingly to the judge for justice against her adversary. Our compassionate God withholds his graces so that this holding back may prompt them to draw near and remain close to him from whom flows all their good, so great is their need of him