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?».
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