Alpine Trials Rally,
Painted by Bryan de Grineau (1883-1957),
Signed and dated 1934 lower right,
charcoal, watercolour and gouache heightened with white on board
© Bonhams, Goodwood Revival sale, September 2021, lot 20, sold £1,900

Alpine Trials Rally,
Painted by Bryan de Grineau (1883-1957),
Signed and dated 1934 lower right,
charcoal, watercolour and gouache heightened with white on board
© Bonhams, Goodwood Revival sale, September 2021, lot 20, sold £1,900

Gospel of 12 November 2022

About the need to pray continually and never lose heart

Luke 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. ‘There was a judge in a certain town’ he said ‘who had neither fear of God nor respect for man. In the same town there was a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, “I want justice from you against my enemy!” For a long time he refused, but at last he said to himself, “Maybe I have neither fear of God nor respect for man, but since she keeps pestering me I must give this widow her just rights, or she will persist in coming and worry me to death.”’

And the Lord said ‘You notice what the unjust judge has to say? Now will not God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night even when he delays to help them? I promise you, he will see justice done to them, and done speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?’

Reflection on the gouache on paper

In case we might miss the point of today's parable of the Unjust Judge, Jesus prefaces it with its essential meaning: ‘the need to pray continually and never lose heart’. To put this into context, Jesus knows that soon he will be judged, executed and die for us on the Cross. So in our reading of today, he is directly encouraging us to pray continually until he comes back. The last sentence of the reading is a question, ‘When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?’ It implies that when he comes back, will he find you and me praying? Or will we have lost heart by then and given up? It is a direct invitation for us to continue to pray.

The implication of what Jesus is telling us is that prayer and faith go together hand in hand. Faith and prayer stand and fall together! If faith is the car that take us to our destination, then prayer is the fuel that feeds the engine. One can’t go without the other.

So today we are looking at a gouache of a classic car being propelled through the Alps by the fuel it carries. The car, the fuel, the driver will navigate the bends, the twists, the bumps that the road ahead will bring... All are there to get us from one destination to the next!

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Wayne Chimento
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Wayne Chimento(@wayne-t-c)
25 days ago

I really enjoy starting each and every day with your readings. They go well with that first cup of coffee and set me in the right direction. I love today’s analogy about the faith and prayer using the painting of the classic car. Thank you and bless you Patrick.

Patricia O'Brien
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Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
26 days ago

Yes, He’s telling us to keep pestering Him ☺️
What a picture, full of speed and action in a wonderful setting ! Fabulous.

Silvia Moiron
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Silvia Moiron(@silvya)
26 days ago

Argentina es un pueblo muy Mariano, y la Virgen siempre hace la diferencia. ¡Ella nos mantendrá fieles Hasta que El vuelva! No olvidemos de honrarla muy especialmente, Hoy es sábado.

Anthony
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Anthony(@anthony)
26 days ago

Yes, pray for me too please. In fact why don’t we all pray daily for each other when we open Christian.art. Thank you Deacon Patrick.

Silvia Moiron
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Silvia Moiron(@silvya)
26 days ago
Reply to  Anthony

Bellísimo pedido. 🕊

Anthony
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Anthony(@anthony)
26 days ago
Reply to  Silvia Moiron

Beautiful request?

Patricia O'Brien
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Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
26 days ago
Reply to  Anthony

You can be sure of it. We should make that resolution when we open the page each day as we are a little community of faith. Blessings Anthony.

Michael Trudeau
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Michael Trudeau(@michaeltrudeau)
25 days ago
Reply to  Anthony

Praying for each other when we open Christian.art is a great idea.

spaceforgrace
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spaceforgrace(@spaceforgrace)
25 days ago
Reply to  Anthony

A really great idea!

spaceforgrace
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spaceforgrace(@spaceforgrace)
26 days ago

Persisting in prayer is another great challenge in the every day challenges of the christian life. It is the web that binds us all together privately and communally. Please pray for me today.

Silvia Moiron
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Silvia Moiron(@silvya)
26 days ago
Reply to  spaceforgrace

¿Cuál es tu nombre real, para rezar por ti a la Virgen Santísima? 😇❤🙏

Last edited 26 days ago by Silvia Moiron
Charles Marriott
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Charles Marriott(@chazbo)
26 days ago

It’s not easy to keep the faith in this world.
When Jesus ‘when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on Earth?’ the answer will be some, but not a lot in the western world .

Charles Marriott
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Charles Marriott(@chazbo)
26 days ago

When Jesus says……

Oi Lian Kon
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Oi Lian Kon(@kairos712)
26 days ago

God has kept a faithful remnant throughout the turbulent history of the church. It is this faithful remnant of all nations from which the church has been restored time and time again. We do not lose heart. God is Sovereign of all that was, that is and that is to come.

Charles Marriott
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Charles Marriott(@chazbo)
26 days ago
Reply to  Oi Lian Kon

My friend at church says that we must try to be the yeast/leaven in the dough of society. Perhaps an unfortunate simile!

Patricia O'Brien
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Patricia O'Brien(@marispiper)
26 days ago
Reply to  Oi Lian Kon

I was reading an autobiography (A.N. Wilson) and he said each time he’d strayed from his faith, it was always a person who restored it. We, the Church, are more important than we realise.

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