November 19, 2018

For all those who suffer, Lord, hear my prayer. Heal them with Your loving embrace. Amen.

Luke 18:1-8

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?”

This week the Oblates in Thailand are praying for you.

Oblate in Thailand One of these Oblates is Fr. June Khaeser, O.M.I. who is the Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Petchabun.  In addition to running a large parish, Fr. June also helps out at the local school.  His interest is for the poor, for the weakest and those on the periphery.  “For me, poverty, discomfort is a great lesson.  I always wonder how a handicapped, poor, abandoned person can be happy.  When I sit next to them, when I listen to them, I discover their world, a world of suffering certainly, but also a world of struggle against hopelessness and despair that make them strong and able to win the battle over depression.  The smile I see on their lips tells me that life is stronger than pain, that life makes sense even when the evidence seems to deny it.  Their stories are a great lesson for me to help me have an experience of faith; I see God at work in their pain.”

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