There is a saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” For years we had a community organizer lady in our neighborhood. Every year during “National Night Out” celebrations the elected officials would be invited and
many would come to both respect this woman’s involvement and initiative within the community. Every year she would warmly welcome them as if they were her best friends until the new station cameras began rolling. It was then that she would put them on the spot and ask pointed direct questions about situations within the neighborhood asking that they make recorded committed answers to her seemingly reasonable demands. In many of these episodes, “the squeaky wheel got the grease.” This weekend’s Biblical lessons focus upon persistence in our life of prayer. In battle, as long as the elderly Moses, kept his hands raised as if in prayer while on the top of a visible hill, his clan’s victory was gaining. When his arms grew weary and his sign of prayerful victory was absent, the opposing
forces gained ground. St. Luke records for us a brief and amusing story about a judge and a persistent woman who made her cause known without ceasing until her cause was acted upon. In similar ways we are encouraged to make our needs known to God our Heavenly Father. We are encouraged not to give up but be persistent in our appeals. One wise friend instructed me, “If you don’t ask you’ll never know. The most someone can say is ‘No.’”
FR. MARK ITUA, former Associate Pastor of Nativity, St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres will be the guest celebrant of the 5:00pm Mass at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Sunday, October 16, 2016. A light reception will follow in the Paa Center. Let us gather and congratulate Fr. Mark on his new Administrative appointment.