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Sunday, October 16, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 18:1-8

Photo Courtesy of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church's bulletin 

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?”


I believe that God answers our prayers in His own time.  He knows what is best for us.  I had a struggle with my youngest daughter before in her studies.  When she was in college,  she had one back subject to take, College Algebra.  I was having financial difficulties at that time in sending her to college in an exclusive school.  Her school is the most expensive school of all other exclusive schools I sent my other two eldest daughters.   I was an insurance agent before and earning money in this career was not that easy to do.  I sent all my four children to private schools – all exclusive schools for girls (Assumption College, Merriam College, St. Paul’s College) and one well-known technology school (Mapua Institute of Technology) in the city for my only son.  Praying to God is my foremost way of seeking help and guidance every day and every night.  I always combined my faith with hard work.  He helped me find clients wherever, whoever and whenever I mostly needed money.  I never stopped praying to Him for help for all my children, especially my youngest daughter – that they will all be able to finish their college studies and work hard in the future for their living.  I tutored all my children from their primary schooling up to their college years.  At the end, my daughter was able to graduate from college and I was so proud of her during her graduation.  The good thing about her was her persistence and determination to finish her college degree, in spite of lacking skills in other areas. 

Determination and perseverance combined with prayers overcome every struggle she had before. It’s worth every effort she made in order to achieve her goals in life.  She used to work as a flight stewardess of Emirates Airline for 5 years in Dubai.  She resigned and moved to Japan to study Nippongo.  She is now an English teacher in Japan.  What she is now has surpassed my expectation of her. 

" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

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