> ParishOctober 20, 2013 —
> 29th Sunday in
> Ordinary Time, 10 AM ServiceGospel Homily: Father Mike
> Kuse Gospel: 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
> just decision for me against my adversary.'For
> a long
> time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he
> it is
> true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
> widow keeps bothering meI
> deliver a just decision for herlest
> finally come and strike me.'" The
> said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
> not God
> then secure the rights of his chosen oneswho
> 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.
> when the
> Son of Man comes, will he find faith on
> Homily:If I
> the question this morning, Does everyone pray? every hand
> would go up. But then to ask the
> next question: How has
> prayer changed your life? There would be a lot of different
> stories. How often do you pray,
> and how do you trust
> in God and God’s promises in your life?
> There might be a little hesitancy.
> So often when we pray we’re turning to God in a
> moment, “I need
> you. I need you to do this for
> me.” God is saying, “I
> already took care of
> it. I’m waiting for you to
> wake up and
> respond.”If all of us could look at
> our experiences with God,
> and know whenever prayer touches our lives, and whether we
> can really turn to
> God even if things don’t always turn out the way we want
> them to turn out, that’s
> part of the message.
> I can imagine most people
> here have entered into the
> sacrament of marriage. You may
> have one
> child. You may have several children.
> don’t know if you got your way — if you have one girl
> and one boy, two girls
> and two boys and everything is two years apart.
> “I’ve got this all planned out.
> I’m getting them through college and ‘God, you
> really need to be in tune
> with what I am telling you!’ ”I will share with you
> something about my family, my
> parents and my Mom’s parents.
> grandparents were married around 1915.
> They had their first son who died shortly after
> birth. They had a second son and
> he was born
> deaf. They had a third son who
> also died
> shortly after birth. Then came
> my mom,
> then came my aunt who was also born deaf.
> Then came the two youngest children.
> Out of seven children: two never saw life, and two
> never experienced
> hearing like you and I do.
> Some people might say,
> “Well, God must not love
> me. All I wanted was two
> children in
> perfect health, a girl and a boy three years apart.” Why? I
> grew up not seeing any difference between my aunts and my
> uncles who could hear,
> or not hear. They were still my aunts and uncles. The only
> one living out of
> the seven is an aunt who is my godmother. She is in a
> nursing home and so when
> I go there to visit I can only hold her hand.
> She can’t hear me, she can’t see me.
> She has dementia and doesn’t know who I am. Does God still love
> us? Has the prayer still been
> answered? It gives us something
> to think about. If you always
> think you pray and get what you
> want, it doesn’t work that way.
> are people in churches this morning on all the continents of
> the world, and
> this week they will receive the news that they are going to
> get the job of a
> lifetime. Others will find out
> won’t have work next week.
> Others will have babies
> born very healthy, and some
> will not see the child live. That’s the
> mixture of life. That’s who we
> are. That’s why you and I need
> to pray. We don’t always
> understand God’s ways. God’s
> experience in our life varies from
> person to person.So God says,
> “Why don’t you sit down with me.
> I’ll set the whole thing straight with you. Because wherever you think I’ve
> failed you,
> I’m going to point out all the blessings that surrounded
> that event. And when you tell me
> how wonderful I am
> because I gave you something you really wanted, I also know
> that surrounding
> that event are going to be challenges in your
> life.”Why do we pray?
> Simply because we need that interaction.
> That’s why in families — a kiss, saying “I love
> you. I will hold you.” Don’t do it once. You keep on doing it. That’s what generates the
> bond. That’s why children grow
> up and they know,
> “This is mommy. This is daddy.
> This is
> my brother. This is my
> sister.”We come here week after
> week and we go through the
> rituals and it is a bonding experience.
> We can all talk to each other and say,
> “Good morning. How are
> you.” We
> would be here until late at night if we went from pew to pew
> and said, “Now tell me.
> Really, how do you feel this morning?”
> So often we expect God to
> do things and we do not
> have to respond. But God says,
> “You need
> to respond.” That’s why we
> present the
> cross to those who are being welcomed into our faith
> community. It’s the cross
> that makes all of us children.
> It’s the
> difference between celebrating the first birthday of a
> child, and just when you
> have the table set for dinner that same child comes in and
> knocks milk all over
> the table. And the child says,
> “You have
> to love me either way.”And God says the same
> thing. He says,
> “If you don’t understand, you and I probably need
> to sit down and talk. And when
> we get finished talking I guarantee
> that you will know that I love you.” ***Father Mike
> Kuse is the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Quincy,