This is the second week in a row that our readings focus on prayer. Why? Because it’s that important. The readings focus on three aspects of prayer: God’s response to them, God’s faithfulness to us when we call out to God, and the posture that we should take when approaching God—absolute openness and truth.
Guarding against weariness • Breaking open the word
Persistence is certainly a virtue, but to get there, we have to be on guard against weariness. It’s so easy to become weary—weary in our prayer, in our work, in our daily lives, in the sad and sometimes scary stories that come to us in the news. Today, God gives us three stories about protecting ourselves from becoming weary.
Your faith has saved you • Breaking open the word
This Sunday features stories of God’s healing power being spent on people who would have been resented by Israelite society (or us), thus demonstrating God’s expansive generosity.
Increase our faith • Breaking open the word
It can be pretty tempting, in these difficult times, to be anxious or even to despair. God assures us that the promise God made to us of his care and protection will come to us as we need it. We are encouraged to be brave, to believe, and have faith—to keep on keeping on.
A great chasm • Breaking open the word
Worldly wealth is fleeting, this Sunday’s readings remind us, so it is wise to use it to invest in true wealth—the kind you can take to heaven.