A Sunday Reflection

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C)

The parable we hear today can be a little disconcerting. After all, God is not a dishonest judge who makes decisions to get people off his back, or to exact from them some bribe or payment. He is a loving Father who knows what we need and always answers our prayers with what is best for us. Then, why such insistence on prayer? Why ask for anything at all if he already knows our needs? To this, St. Augustine replies that we should pray not because God needs to know, but because our hearts need to expand, “to increase our desire for God and so that we might be able to receive what he is preparing to give us.”

St. Luke prefaces the parable by speaking about the necessity to pray always without growing weary (cf. Lk 18:1). We see that example in the first reading, as Aaron and Hur support Moses’ hands when we grows tired while praying (cf. Ex 17:12) in a beautiful example of intercessory prayer.

As always, the main ingredient of prayer is faith—small like a mustard seed, as we saw a couple of weeks ago. St. Paul exhorts Timothy, and us, to be faithful (2 Tim 3:14). And that is the point of the parable: remain faithful in prayer and the Father will come to your rescue. God bless you.

Fr. Luis R. Largaespada

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Grove for Ghana invites all to their annual gala on October 25. Tickets available after Sunday Mass.

The annual blessing of the animals.

AMOR, a retreat for couples married under 5 years and sponsored by our Fully Engaged ministry, took place October 5.

Emmaus Men held a bake sale to raise funds for their upcoming retreat.

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True God and True Man Present in the Eucharist

BELIEF THAT JESUS is the Second Person of the Trinity—fully human and fully divine—is fundamental to belief in His Eucharistic presence.

In his book, With Us Today: On the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, Fr. Hardon, SJ, describes the Eucharist as “the deepest mystery of Christianity.” He points out the need to understand this mystery as best we can, so that our faith may keep “growing with increased intelligibility.”… belief in Christ’s Eucharistic presence has been linked to belief in the reality of the Incarnation. He concludes with this remark: “Once we realize who He is on earth—no less than He was in the first century—it is no wonder that those who believe will flock to be in His presence, to honor and thank Him as their God, with weeping emphasis to beg Him for the graces they so desperately need today.”

Although not speaking specifically about the Eucharist, American writer Flannery O’Connor said: “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” This is an apt reminder of how we should stand up to the modern culture’s reaction to many of the teachings of the Church.

The response of the crowd to Jesus’ “bread of life” discourse found in John 6 was: “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” And, the gospel tells us, “they walked with Him no more.” Jesus then asked the apostles if they too wanted to leave him. May each of us respond with confidence and love as Peter did: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Maggie Ciskanik, “Who do you say that I am?” The current crisis of belief in the Eucharist. Excerpted from aleteia.org,, September 26, 2019. With permission.

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