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The Answer to Unanswered Prayer (#637, 17th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) · God is perfectly transcendent (above and beyond) and also totally imminent (right in front of us). We must be persistent in our prayer, just like Abraham was persistent. What about when we don’t get what we want? Our Father knows what is best, and wants what is best for us. Sometimes we are the ones standing in the way. But beyond the things we need, the greatest gift God can give is the gift of himself. “The answered prayer was that they knew God was there.”

(24 Jul 2016)

Point to Ponder: Check out the book Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler

Point to Discuss: Ask a friend about a time that God answered prayers. How did your friend feel when they knew a prayer had been answered?