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November 11th, 2013
Melanie Stara

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“Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.” Psalm 28:2

There are times in my life when I find myself praying and praying for something, but it sometimes seems like God isn’t listening. Deep down, I already know that he actually is, but this is easy to forget. I know that God will always give us what is best for us, and perhaps what is best for us is that lesson in patience. If I ask God for something and don’t get an immediate response, it’s probably because I need to learn to be more patient in my life, both in my humanly interactions and my interactions with God. We are truly blessed with a God who does listen to our prayers and answers them with what is best for us, even if it is unclear to us.

Today’s Gospel as well teaches us an important lesson on trust. Jesus is approached by a centurion who asks Jesus to cure his servant back at his home. The centurion uses the line that we are all familiar now, with the new translation of the Mass, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof…” which is a beautiful reflection of the centurion’s faith in Jesus. Jesus is amazed by this incredible faith, and cures the centurion’s slave from a distance. Today, let’s pray that we can also have increased trust in God, just like the centurion. We can remember that God always does hear our prayer, even if it doesn’t seem like it right away.v

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