Twenty-nineth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Our Gaze Must always Focus on God, our Father.
On this Twenty-Ninth Sunday in the Ordinary Time, the Holy Mother Church brings our attention to the importance of prayer, which is to always remain focus and gaze at the Lord and not be distracted by the worries and things of this world.
In the First reading, God showed the Israelites that nobody who remained in him shall be defeated, hence, when Joshua went to war against the Amalek, Aron and Hur held up the hands of Moses, which means that all the power comes from God. It is necessary that Moses, Aron, Hur, Joshua and the people of Israel noted that their victory came from the obedience of Moses, by raising his hands in appeal to God’s favor. The responsorial psalm echoes it better when the psalmist sings, “Our Help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth”
Likewise, in his Letter to Timothy, Paul reminds us that we should be careful about the kind of teachings we listen to, especially those ones that contradict the true teachings of the Church. Most Christians often got confused between the true teachings of the Church and “just being nice! ” Paul demands accountability from us, and warned us against complacency toward our faith. He says, “Beloved: Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus uses the story of the very hard and non-compassionate judge to teach us that persistence in prayer is a mark of a Christian. Yes, God knows everything. He knows our need, but we need to ask. Our gaze must always focus on God, our Father. Amen!
Father Uche Obikwelu