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Scripture Reflections - July 24
17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Genesis 18:2032
Colossians 2-14
Luke 11:1-13

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

In our first reading today, we find how powerful is the righteousness of only a few people in saving a city, a nation, or even the whole world from destruction.

This is why prayer is so important to save the darkness, fear, and division of our own troubled world.

In the second reading, the power of our prayer is again emphasized.

Only a few people can make such a tremendous difference.

Today’s Gospel from Luke urges us not to refuse the request of a neighbor in need. Last Sunday’s Gospel expands on our narrow perceptions of just who “neighbor” includes. We all struggle with that question. With solemn promises, God assures us to ask Him, to knock at His door.

He always answers our prayers in a manner this is best for us.

He is our powerful and loving Father.

Sometimes the answer is no, but something better will come. That takes so much faith and trust!

So many people no longer believe in this loving God, much less in praying to Him daily. It takes perseverance in our times.

After all, it’s God’s world. With all the dangers of the COVID pandemic and the dominance of dictators with their lust for power, all the hunger and poverty among the nations, our job is to be ambassadors for God’s love and care.

We are so few in numbers, but all through the centuries, He has always been dependent on a faithful remnant to accomplish His Will.

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