1-991-Abba (means Father)

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 10/14/2016

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“…proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient.” (2 Timothy 4:2)

Jesus tells the story of a very persistent widow, who seeks justice from a judge. The judge fears neither God nor man. However, the persistent widow wears him down through her tenacious asking for justice. Every parent has experienced the bulldogged child, who in the middle of an isle filled with toys or candy, cries out loudly, “Please, please, please!”

1-991-Abba (means Father)

Lord, what lesson do you give us today? Maybe I should check in with an expert in emergency. To get the connection I need to dial 1-991-Abba. “Hello, Peter, is there a chance that I might be able to talk to God, if he isn’t too busy?” “Hold on Peter told me.” (Harps from heaven begin playing.) I hear the voice of my Savior.

“Hello, my child. What can I do for you?” “Didn’t I speak with you yesterday?”
“Yes, Lord, but I have a different emergency today. Yesterday, I ask for help in getting food for my hungry children, but today I received an eviction notice because I’m afraid I didn’t pay my rent. You see, God, my youngest got sick and I used the rent money to pay the doctor.”
“Please, please, please?”

“What a day,” I sighed. Sitting in an armchair watching the sun begin to set, I reach for my phone and dialed 1-777-Abba. While I waited, I began humming and started to sing “I just called to say I love you; I just called to say, I really care, I just…” “Hello, this is Peter connecting you to Abba.”

“Hello, Abba” and I began to sing to my Father, “I just called to say I love you…” Chuck- ling, Abba teased! “You again, how was your day?”

“Busy, very busy! I was running around like there was no tomorrow. Thanks for giving me the strength and energy to finish on time to meet my dead line.” “Wow! Tonight your sun set is A+; you are one creative God! It was so uplifting and beautiful.” Abba said in reply,” My child, you too are uplifting and beautiful to me.” “Bless you my child and may you have sweet dreams and feel refreshed in the morning.”

For Reflection and Sharing:

1. What is the most dialed number in your phone?
2. What does this info say about your priorities?
3. How often are your prayer calls to God emergency contacts; how many are relational?
4. How do you sustain a relationship in your prayer calls to God?
5. Do you think it possible to pray always? Explain.
6. Aaron and Hur supported Moses in prayer. Who supports you?
7. “God needs to be the most frequently dialed number in our daily lives.” What are some ways we could do this?

Dear God,
I must admit there are days when I just don’t pray. I’m tired of getting no response from you. I know this is no excuse. You always have the right timing. It’s just that I am impatient. We live in a fast lane society. Slow me down, Lord. Grant me the grace to pray whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Amen.

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