It seems like there has been one disaster after another. Hurricanes. Floods. Earthquakes. Shootings. Fires. At some point, even a reasonable person might begin to ask what it all means. There can be in us a feeling that might give into despair. And for me, that is just from someone who has not personally experienced any of these disasters but has only heard their harrowing stories.
The first reading is filled with despair. There is no longer a hope in God because it seems like there is no good reason to believe. And yet the gospel reminds us of the value of perseverance. Even when the homeowner does not feel like getting out of bed at night to help his neighbor, persistence causes him to do so. And when we can remain persistent in prayer, we too can become more aware of God’s grace.