Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 23 October 2022
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18. Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23. 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18. Luke 18:9-14.
Does God Have Favorites? The first reading asserts that while God, indeed, attends to everyone, there is special attention to the cries of the poor, the weak and the oppressed, the widow and the orphan. (This is why the Church has a preferential option for the poor. See Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 2443-2449.) The gospel parable of Jesus contrasts the prayers of a self-righteous religious leader with a despised and shady business man. The question: who is justified. The point: be humble.
- Why does God, who loves and cares for everyone, favor the poor, the week, the oppressed?
- What does this tell me about my own prayer?
- Since good prayer leads to good action, what mercy work will I do for those crying out in need?
Use this prayer card to be ever mindful of the Works of Mercy.