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Theology for the common man

29 Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Sunday, October 20, 2019

"Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth,” we sing today in the Psalm, the words that express a main theme of today’s readings, which is, a prayer. A Christian should be a man/woman of prayer, following in the way of Jesus himself. As we can notice, Jesus was always in prayer, and especially in the most important moments of his life he was always immersed in a deep prayer, discovering in this way the will of his Father. A good example of the prayer is also a hero of today's first reading, Moses, who asked God for his people when they were fighting upon the leadership of Joshua at the battlefield with Amalekites. He was always with his hands raised up to heaven which gave the Israelites a victory. In this way he became the figure of Jesus, in prayer of intercession, as a new Moses, whose hands nailed to the salutary cross, always raised up to heaven yielding out to us the grace of salvation.
In the act of prayer, through the intercession of Jesus and the saints who follow his lifestyle, we have certitude that we are in the best hands, because these are the hands of God himself. In his parable Jesus encourages us to pray and even to pray insistently, as he wants to give us an understanding that our continuous contact with God brings salutary effects. In prayer everyone can find the answers to all his questions and pains and in this way God will hear him because God will give him a light to understand his situation and to look for help. “Will not God secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them?” The additional question closely related to a prayer is to have a necessary faith in the power of Jesus; this is why Jesus asks at the end: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith in earth?”