Luke 18: 1-8
Then Jesus told them a parable about
their need to pray always and not to lose heart.
He said, "In a certain city there was a
judge who neither feared God nor had respect for
people. In that city there was a widow who kept
coming to him and saying, ´Grant me justice against
my opponent.´ For a while he refused; but later
he said to himself, ´Though I have no fear of
God and no respect for anyone, yet because this
widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so
that she may not wear me out by continually
coming.´" And the Lord said, "Listen to what the
unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to
his chosen ones who cry to him day and
night? Will he delay long in helping them? I
tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And
yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he
find faith on earth?"
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus,
my Creator and Redeemer, everything good comes from you. You
are the one source of peace and happiness. Thank
you for bringing me into existence and insuring I
received the inestimable gift of the faith. Thank
you for accompanying me in every moment. I am
grateful for your mercy and love and wish to respond
more generously to you in my life.
Petition: Lord, allow me never to tire in my
life of prayer.
1. The Widow,
the Powerless: In ancient Israel, widows were often powerless.
Back then, women did not earn money; that was
the man’s obligation. So when a woman’s husband died,
to whom could she turn for support? She depended either
on her sons or on other Israelites to fulfill
her needs. Christ uses the image of the widow
because he has compassion on the person who is needy.
Everyone is needy in his own way. Everyone has
virtues he needs to acquire, and sins and vices that
need to be cast out. It takes a humble
person to realize his inability to acquire these virtues
on his own and to resort to begging our Lord
for his grace. Do I see my need for
Christ in the battle for virtue, or do I work
as if he played no role?
Cry to Him Day and Night: This reminds us
to pray constantly. We can’t reduce our relationship with
God to a one shot deal. It isn’t something we
acquire once and for all and then move on
to the next goal in life. We are to call
out to him without ceasing, for our life is
meant to be in continual dialogue with him. We were
created to have a personal relationship with Christ, to
seek his will, and then to put it into
action. Everything we say, think and do should flow from
our continual friendship with him.
3. The Judge, the Unjust: The judge was indifferent
to the widow’s distress. This was an injustice. He
had as much a duty to listen to her
as he had to listen to anyone else. Have I
ever been indifferent to a person I had the
duty to serve? The judge finally heard what she was
saying because she persisted. God wants us to be
persistent. He is showing us that we must beg
him for his grace. It is as if he treats
us as a parent who says, “If my child
really wants this from me, he will beg until I
let him have it.” God wants us to realize
we are completely dependent on him. He knows what we
need before we ask. However, he waits until we
turn to him in prayer and in this way
increases our desire for what we request.
Christ: Christ Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and
the life. Allow me to live a life completely
dependent on you. Turn my prayer into a union of
hearts, where I beg you for your love.
Resolution: I will make an
act of humility before our Lord in the Eucharist.