AMDG     Taken from today’s chaplaincy newsletter (click)

franshals_stlukeLast Thursday we celebrated the Feast of St Luke, apostle and evangelist. Each of the Gospels gives us a slightly different portrait of Jesus and what following him (discipleship) entails.  One of the themes that Luke is keen on in his Gospel is that of perseverance.  It is something that Luke would have valued himself as he accompanied St Paul on his many journeys and chronicled the events of the Early Church as he wrote the Acts of the Apostles.   Today’s Gospel is often referred to as the parable of the Persistent Widow, and develops this Lucan theme of perseverance.   As the nights get longer and colder and the summer fades away, it may be important to pray for this gift of perseverance. For some of us – even just making it to mass this Sunday or during the week is a victory of perseverance, especially when it is tempting to curl up at home.

Resilience

 

The path to joy and fulfillment can be made up of these small heroic victories. However God wishes us to thrive not just to preserve.   Persevering in the faith is a lot easier when we feed our faith regularly with the sacraments, in fact the more frequently we engage with God at this sacred level, whether at mass or confession, we can make that shift from a faith where we are just hanging on in there, to a faith that is alive, growing and flourishing.  I have heard people say – it is not about keeping the faith, but giving the faith away.  Jesus knows how hard it can be at times, when we are surrounded by cynicism and negativity – he knows how hard it is for the widow in the Gospel to get justice from the dishonest judge.  Let’s prepare for winter by strengthening our faith – even if all that means is putting 10 minutes aside each day to come and sit in the sacred silence of the Church.