Let’s be honest now—if not with others at least with ourselves and God. How many times have we been like Ahaz, unwilling to “weary God” with our constant and nagging prayers? Compare Ahaz’ response in today’s first reading with the admonition of Jesus to pray incessantly, like the woman seeking a ruling from the judge or the man who bangs on the neighbor’s door until he receives the bread he needs for his guest.
Now compare the Faith of these three persons. The woman knows that the judge is capable of rendering a judgment but he continues to ignore her, so she never ceases to plead with him. The neighbor knows that his friend is capable of supplying his needs if he will only make the effort, difficult as it may be, so he never stops knocking on the door. Ahaz knows what God can do from the history of God’s chosen people but refuses to faithfully Trust God, choosing instead to trust his own “wisdom.”
It might be easy for us to identify with the weariness caused by the woman and the neighbor with their constant and unending pleadings but the truth is that God is much more weary with our lack of Faith than with our constant pleading.
Paul talks about the obedience of Faith. He is telling us to trust God and His Will instead of our own machinations to achieve what we want without concern for God’s desires. God wants us to exercise our Faith in Him just as Mary did at the Annunciation and as Joseph does in today’s Gospel.
Trust comes from Prayer—constant and unceasing prayer—to our God who knows us well and who is more weary from our lack of faithful prayer than from our never-ending pleading because He knows how prayer unites us with Him.