Persisting In Our Persistence
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge
In today’s 1st Reading (3 John:5-9) we are challenged to tirelessly assist others, to do so in a way that is worthy of God. As the mystical body of Christ, we his ardent followers must on occasion be reminded of this. Scripture is of course always available to us, but on this the day that our Parish will deliver Thanksgiving Baskets to the impoverished members of our community after the celebration of the 9:00am Mass, faith in action is palpably evident in its most dynamic, charitable and inspiring form, and the true presence of Jesus’ formed followers felt in a profound way. Let us be tireless and steadfast in our financial support and prayers for the poor and the marginalized.
On the topic of tireless prayer, today’s Gospel (Luke 18:1-8) tells the parable of the persistent widow, a woman who, through her cast-iron determination, essentially “willed” justice from an unjust and faithless man. Persistence in prayer is of course vital, as is persistence in our pursuit to be remade in a more charitable, merciful, Jesus-like way.
But the fact of the matter is, we must strive for persistence in every tenet of our faith life. Whether it be in our ability and willingness to forgive or seek forgiveness, or our hunger for the gift of the Eucharist, never missing out on an opportunity to intimately encounter Jesus through this precious Sacrament, persistence and a fervent desire to love our neighbor and Jesus more passionately must always be our goal. I leave you with the words of Martin Luther King Jr, who had this to say on the importance of cultivating a persevering spirit: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving forward.”
“Dear Lord, Grant us the gift of persistence. Come to our assistance when we grow weary and when we lose hope. Give us your desire to relentlessly pursue that which is right, that which is eternal” ~ Amen