Posted by: livingscripture | November 16, 2019

32nd Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
32nd Saturday of Ordinary Time
November 16, 2019

WORD of the DAY

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 1-8)

How shall I live this Word?
What the Gospel tells us here is unfortunately a fairly common picture of life. There are those who have taken advantage of the situation of a poor widow, preventing her from finding, not pomp and wealth, but what is indispensable for a dignified and healthy human life. The poor widow has no way of resorting to an expert on human rights: a judge. She is so desperate that she does not give up insisting that the unjust judge help her to obtain justice. The result is not his compassion but the will of those who – in his high position – want to put an end to an insistent annoying request. For this reason and only for this reason does he decide to give what the woman is asking for: Justice.

The parable is illuminating because it proposes a very clear comparison, the judge, while being unfair, consents to the widow’s request. Hence the question opens to a precise answer: If a man with an arid and closed heart finally grants what he is asked to eliminate the annoying insistence of the woman, how much more our God (who, by His definition, is the One who loves us infinitely) will grant what we ask for our true good. Therefore what is exalted by Jesus in the parable is the need to never neglect prayer.

Lord, do not allow the sensitivity of my heart to atrophy in the polluted water of my ego. Grant that Your grace may fortify in me compassion for those who drag along in an existence marked by poverty and misery of every kind.

The voice of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity
How beautiful it is to pray for each other, give ourselves an appointment with the good Jesus where there are no distances or separations.
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