God will see justice done to his chosen who cry to him
Perhaps the hardest Olympic event is the marathon: not only does it demand strength and fitness, but it calls for immense perseverance and endurance. Life in general and the Christian life in particular, is a marathon. We will face hills and mountains as well as valleys and gentle slopes in life: we will face obstacles and pressures which will make us want to say, as the prophet Elijah did, “Lord, it is enough!” Especially in our lifetime of prayer, there will be times when we say “Lord, I can go no further.” Jesus himself understands the need for perseverance in prayer, and the temptation to lose heart, which is why he offers us this parable and teaching today. And remember the thought from the first reading: sometimes we may need to hold each other in our praying!
I lift up my eyes to the mountains: from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord who made heaven and earth.
May he never allow you to stumble! Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers, Israel’s guard.
The Lord is your guard and your shade; at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you nor the moon in the night.
The Lord will guard you from evil, he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming both now and for ever.
1St Reading: Exodus 17: 8-13
2nd Reading: Timothy 3: 14-4:2
Gospel Reading: Luke 18: 1-8
Requiescat in Pace
Please pray for the soul of Patrick Devlin who died recently.
Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Funeral Friday 21st October at 1.00pm.