Posted by: livingscripture | October 20, 2019

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
29th Sunday of Ordinary Time
October 20, 2019

WORD of the DAY

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?”     (Luke 18: 6-8)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus in his presence among us, wanted to emphasize and highlight the absolute need to pray on the part of those who say they believe. The protagonist of the parable is interesting: an ‘unjust judge’ who is annoyed by the request of the widow who insists on obtaining from him that justice be done to her. The character of the widow is true in her insistence thinking only of making the judge decide to listen to her.

The two characters of the parable are outlined with very strong symbolic evidence. The widow represents the woman and man of all times in their need for help from the Most High. The judge, by contrast, refers to a powerful God.
The meaning ‘explodes’ in the end: “And will not God do justice to His chosen ones who cry out to Him day and night?” The following statement is very consoling: “I tell you that He will do them justice promptly.”

Attention, however, to a proposition that expresses a strong and disturbing question. “But when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

Lord, sometimes I feel like the poor widow, a person that God’s Word invites to pray without tiring and with true faith. As to the question if the Lord will find faith on the earth at the end of time, I do not know what to say. However, I trust in His being the God of great mercy.

THE VOICE OF POPE St. John Paul II
Peace requires four essential conditions: truth, justice, love, and freedom.

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