13th of November

Publié le 12 Novembre 2021

Gospel text

(Lk 18,1-8): 

 

Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should pray continually and not lose heart. He said, «In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor people. In the same town was a widow who kept coming to him, saying: ‘Defend my rights against my opponent’. For a time he refused, but finally he thought: ‘Even though I neither fear God nor care about people, this widow bothers me so much I will see that she gets justice; then she will stop coming and wearing me out’».

And Jesus explained, «Listen to what the evil judge says. Will God not do justice for his chosen ones who cry to him day and night even if He delays in answering them? I tell you, He will speedily do them justice. Yet, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?».

 

The Application

 

Today's gospel introduces us to two important elements of the Christian life: the source of our faith and the Christian duty. Our faith is based on this truth: Our God is not only a God of love, but also a God of justice. Crying out to Him is an expression of our trust. Since He is good and full of goodness, our cry will never turn back without bringing us fruit. It is in this certitude of God's goodness that we keep crying towards Him.

 

For a very just application, the gospel invites us to be faithful, faithful to God's love and never to be discouraged, when we feel that our prayers are not answered. Since prayer is an expression of our faith, our prayer is not only that God may grant our just demands, but also we promise to God that we will remain faithful to our Christian duty, bringing justice to our brothers and sisters who are waiting for us. God needs us and our cooperation, to ensure that the prayers of his faithful are answered. Let us never lose our faith, for it is the source of our perseverance and also of our existence.

 

Action of the day: Be courageous and hopeful.

 

 

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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