Gospel – Luke 18:1-8
Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.’”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Reflection on the Gospel
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
What good news there is in this parable.
Jesus loves us so much he is willing to compare God to a dishonest judge if it will encourage us to pray always without becoming weary.
I grow weary very easily.
I have a society around me in which people want all their desires fulfilled immediately.
This is not the way of faith.
Faith encourages me to continue to ask for my needs and to wait.
Do I want Jesus to find faith in me when he returns?
Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.