Posted by: livingscripture | November 14, 2015

32nd Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.”     

(Luke: 18: 1)

How should we live this Wordunjust judge

 The parable that Jesus narrates to impress upon His disciples the indispensable need to pray always without giving in or tiring is a solid and luminous bridge under which runs a brief but intense account.  The two personages are very different.  One is a judge who is anything but just, and the other is a poor widow.  The key of the story is the encounter-dispute between the widow who asks, insists, and begs and the judge who absolutely does not want to listen to her.  However, he is so tired of hearing her that he decides to ‘deliver a just decision’.  The nucleus is the good decision of the judge obtained by the implacable and untiring plea of the poor woman.

In a parable, we should not exchange the main point with the details of the story; otherwise we will end up thinking that God is like the judge.  We would be greatly mistaken.  The unjust judge is there only to form a contrast between him and the courage, patience, and perseverance of the widow.  Jesus emphasizes this strong contrast.  If this judge, who is so evil, gives in to the widow’s insistence, how much more will God grant the requests of His children since He is all and only love and infinite mercy! 

Therefore, prayer is the welling up of a simple and continuous sentiment of great trust so that the one who prays does not tire.  Those who truly pray live in the faith of the certainty that God does not forget, is not deaf, nor is He unreachable.  If he delays in answering or gives us other than what we ask, it is only and always for our true good.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will renew my trust in God and ask for what I need without hesitation, knowing that God will do what is best for me and wants to hear me always.

Lord, increase my faith and help me trustfully persevere when I ask for something.  Purify my heart and my prayer that I may cry out that I love You and ask only for what is truly pleasing to You for myself and others.

 The Voice of Lanza Del Vasto, Philosopher, Author, Poet of the 20th Century

 Those who think themselves very intelligent anxiously try to show that God does not exist.  Don’t answer them, but go to pray instead.


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