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<< Sunday, October 25, 1998 >> 30th Sunday Ordinary Time
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

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Psalm 34
Luke 18:9-14

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"The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds." —Sirach 35:17

Are you in a fog? Is your mind cloudy and confused? Do you feel as if there's heavy cloud-cover when you pray? Even if you are praying in the clouds, you can pierce the clouds, come out of the fog, and come into the light when you:

  • serve God (Sir 35:16). Rejoice to be a slave of Jesus (Col 3:24) — to do His will, not yours.
  • serve God willingly (Sir 35:16). Go beyond Sunday obligation and a minimalist, mediocre Christianity. "Everyone must give according to what he has inwardly decided; not sadly, not grudgingly, for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Cor 9:7).
  • become lowly (Sir 35:17). Repent of pharisaic arrogance (Lk 18:11), beat your breast, and pray: "O God, be merciful to me, a sinner" (Lk 18:13).

The lowly, willing servant of God has a love for God and a faith in Him that can shake and transform the world. The prayer of a servant of God "is powerful indeed" (Jas 5:16). Decide to become a lowly, willing servant of God. Pray with Mary: "I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say" (Lk 1:38).

Prayer: Father, do in me what You must in order to do through me what You will.
Promise: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on a merited crown awaits me; on that Day the Lord, just Judge that He is, will award it to me — and not only to me, but to all who have looked for His appearing with eager longing." —2 Tm 4:7-8
Praise: "The Lord will continue to rescue me from all attempts to do me harm and will bring me safe to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen" (2 Tm 4:18).
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, April 4, 1998
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 8, 1998
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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