From the Word of the Day
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? (Luke 18, 7-8)
Today, Jesus gives us the parable of the widow who demands justice from a judge without morals to teach us the importance of constant prayer. The parable presents the poor people who have to struggle with the tribunal to obtain their rights. The judge decides to listen to the widow and to render her justice in order to get rid of her so she won’t bother him anymore. It is a motive of personal interests. However, the widow gets what she wants! The recommendation to ‘pray without getting tired’ appears many times in the New Testament (1 Thess. 5:17, Rom 12: 12, Ephesians 6: 18, etc.). It is a characteristic of the spirituality of the first Christian communities.
The first Christians had an image of Jesus in prayer, in permanent contact with the Father. In fact, the very breath of Jesus was the will of the Father (John 5: 19). Jesus prayed a lot and insisted that the people and His disciples should pray. It is by being with God that the truth emerges and we find ourselves in all our reality and humility. Prayer reveals something that goes beyond ourselves. It regards our way of living, our relationship with God, with ourselves, and with our neighbor.
For this reason, Jesus exhorts us to pray without tiring. We all have times of tiredness and discouragement, above all when our prayer seems inefficacious. But Jesus assures us that , unlike the dishonest judge, God immediately hears the prayers of His children, even though He does not answer in the time and the way we may want.
Lord, You know my heart; You know the many things I want to entrust to You in the certainty that You listen to me and always respond. Today, together with the desire of the whole world, I beg You Jesus, give us peace; we have had enough of war and suffering. Without tiring and being discouraged, I will repeat over and over, ‘Give us peace, peace, peace!
The voice of Pope Francis
Prayer transforms desire and models it according to the will of God, for whoever is praying, because those who pray aspire first of all to union with God, who is merciful Love. (General Audience, May 25, 2016)