Sunday, February 19, 2012
Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
There is a great lesson here for us. As Apostles of Prayer we join the Holy Father in praying together for many desperate people and situations. This month those include people with no access to water or the other necessities of life, and health care workers in the poorest parts of the world. Such global intentions for hopeless people in terrible situations may seem impossible. We, like the four friends of the paralyzed man, are called to persevere. The Lord sees our faith and will act.
Moreover, many people for whom we pray may be paralyzed not only physically but spiritually. They may not know the Lord or may have given up. Just like the paralyzed man in the Gospel, they may have no faith. But the Lord sees our prayers for them. And so we persevere in prayer, knowing that we are not helpless, for we have opened ourselves up to the Lord’s help, and no situation is hopeless, for the Lord, who will not act without human cooperation, is simply waiting for our faith and our prayers.
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