Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time


“The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds.” —Sirach 35:17

Clouds can be a sign of God’s presence or, figuratively speaking, a barrier preventing us from “getting through” to God. Clouds present no problem to the prayer of the lowly, for their prayer pierces the clouds.

We can surmise that the prayer of many people is not “getting through” to God, for many people pray infrequently. If they were “getting through,” they probably would be encouraged to pray always (see Lk 18:1). Who wants to keep calling a phone number when you seldom “get through”? Many of us must not be lowly, or we would be “getting through” and praying more.

Sign of not being lowly are:

  • Not forgiving
  • Not going to confession often
  • Not submitting to the authority of the Lord through the Church
  • Focusing on ourselves

Jesus is lowly — from the stable at Bethlehem to the cross on Calvary to appearing as bread and wine in the Eucharist. Be like the lowly Jesus, and your prayer will pierce the clouds.