Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. ‘There was a judge in a certain town’ he said ‘who had neither fear of God nor respect for man. In the same town there was a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, “I want justice from you against my enemy!” For a long time he refused, but at last he said to himself, “Maybe I have neither fear of God nor respect for man, but since she keeps pestering me I must give this widow her just rights, or she will persist in coming and worry me to death.”’
And the Lord said ‘You notice what the unjust judge has to say? Now will not God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night even when he delays to help them? I promise you, he will see justice done to them, and done speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?’
Jesus rather loads the dice in the parable we heard on Sunday, the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
The parable is about the irresistible force meeting the immoveable object. I’ve met a few of both of those in my time. Probably have been both of those in my time.
Sometimes in those situations it is not so easy to know whether who is the good guy and who the bad. But Jesus tells the story not so much to help us to reflect on our own behaviour and attitude, but to assure us that the good God will never abandon us to our own devices.
So, though there might be benefit in using the parable to consider how we are to others, the parable is intended most to help us consider how we relate to God who is entirely good, though not at our beck and call!
- When did you last find the need to trust in God?
- When did you last find disappointment that God did not answer your prayers?
- What helps you to trust and have faith?
Faith. Tewkesbury Abbey. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.