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The Parable of the Persistent Widow

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage, Jesus gives a parable to teach His Apostles about the importance of persistence in prayer. In this lesson, students will explore some sayings of the saints about prayer and apply this wisdom to their own lives.

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A. Have your students read the Gospel passage for the week and complete the focus questions.

B. Review and discuss the answers when they have completed the focus questions.

C. Have your students read and complete the Pray Always activity.

D. When complete, have your students share with a partner their responses. Then, call on a few students to share with the class.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. The necessity of praying always without becoming weary.
  2. He neither feared God nor respected any human being.
  3. For him to render a just decision for her against her adversary.
  4. Because she kept bothering him (and out of fear that she would come and strike him).
  5. God will 鈥渟ecure the rights鈥 of those who cry out to Him day and night, like the judge responded to the widow who repeatedly brought her case to his attention.
  6. He will not do so slowly, but will see that justice is done speedily.

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