12th November (English)

Publié le 11 Novembre 2016

Scripture:  

Luke 18:1-8

1 And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.  2 He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; 3 and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.'  4 For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, `Though I neither fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.'" 6 And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

 

The contemplation

 

The finality of today’s parable is prayer and faith. Every prayer is an expression of our faith. When we say that we believe in Jesus, we affirm our faith in His Father. Father has loved us so much that He has sent His only begotten Son in to this world. Through the death and resurrection of the Lord we discover, how much He loves us. It is in recognition of this immense love that our Christian life finds its root and source. It is not just that we still demand God to do something more than the death and the resurrection of His only begotten Son, least do a miracle.

The perseverance in our prayer is the fruit of this Faith, deep faith that we have in God. Without this faith our prayer will never sustain, because we don’t see the fruit today, rather in later years of our life. When we make an evaluation of our life, in later years of life, we will discover how much God has accompanied us throughout our life. Our Faith is not the fruit of our present status of life, rather fruit of our tradition, our culture, history and especially a gift of the Holy Spirit. By the very fact that we have received the Baptism, this gift of grace is already given. If we forget our history and the tradition, including our baptismal grace, our Faith can be easily shaken.

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers

Persistent prayer transforms iniquity and wickedness into mercy, by Ephrem the Syrian (306-373 AD)

"How was that unjust judge immoral and wicked? How was the upright judge gracious and just? The first in his iniquity was not willing to vindicate the widow, and in his wickedness, he was not willing to put her mind at rest. The justice of God knows how to vindicate, and his grace discerns how to give life. The iniquity of this wicked judge was contrary to the justice of God, and the wickedness of this rebel was in opposition to the grace of the gentle One. His wickedness therefore was stubbornness, for it dared to go against the fear of God. His boldness was stubborn, for it refused the lowly person."

"These two were stubborn, but persistent prayer was even more stubborn. The persistence of the widow humiliated both the iniquity that was rebelling against God and the boldness that was behaving arrogantly towards human beings. She subjected them to her will, so that they might provide her with a vindication over her adversary. Persistence transformed these two bitter branches, and they bore sweet fruit that was against their nature. The iniquity of the judge brought about a righteous judgment and a just retribution for the falsely accused woman. His wickedness gave peace to the afflicted one, although iniquity does not know how to judge, and wickedness does not know how to give refreshment. Persistence forced these two evil and bitter branches to give good fruit against their nature. If we persist in prayer, we should be even more able to prevail on the grace and justice of God to give us fruit that agrees with their nature. Let justice vindicate us, and let grace refresh us. Accordingly, the fruit of justice is the just reward of the oppressed, while the giving of refreshment to the afflicted is the fruit of grace." (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON TATIAN’S DIATESSARON 16.16.6)

 

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