Scripture:1st Reading: Wis18,14-16;19,6-9; Resp. Psalm: Ps105,2-3,36-37,42-43; Gosp. Accl.: 2Thess2,14; Gospel: Lk18,1-8
Is there any situation that cannot be committed to prayer? Is there a condition that defies a solution? Are there moments when it is difficult to be strong at heart and keep at it in spite of frightening indices and pointers to the contrary?
We meet situations in life that sometimes defy and exceed our human capacities to work through and resolve. In moments like that, we tend to lose heart and seek alternative solutions. We sometimes go back to our old ways and try failed solutions we had used in the past. In serious moments like that some of us forget there is a loving God who has infinite and limitless ability and capacity to make a difference.
This is the point our Lord stressed today in the parable of the unscrupulous judge and the importunate widow. The teaching of our Lord here centered on praying and not losing heart when we pray, of praying insistently, consistently, incessantly, courageously even while all the other indices indicate the opposite. The widow in this parable was never one to be cowed or deterred.
This widow demanded justice. It was her right to so demand because of the rightness of her position. She knew she should be vindicated if the judge would give her attention and audience and consider her case. She knew what she wanted and she insisted and wore the unscrupulous judge out. At the end, justice was given to her.
The point our Lord made here is clear: we must never give up on any situation in life. We must keep at it, claw at it, trudge on courageously. We must never for any reason give up on prayer. We must keep on praying even when it is clear to us that we are yet to be answered. Our Lord emboldened us today to stress God with our prayers. When we do that insistently, continuously without any let up, He will answer us.
Our Lord has let us into the secret of the inner workings of the mystery of His Father's mode of doing things. While it is true that there are those who will be answered immediately or with less time committed to prayer, there are others who will only be answered after a long period of time. Our Lord Himself, the only begotten Son, is seated at the right hand of His Father to intercede on our behalf. Let us be strengthened in our faith.
Let us not be deterred in prayer. Our answer and the solution is on the corner. God who created us for Himself will not abandon or forsake us. Let us persevere in prayer until He hears and answers us.
Let us pray: O God our heavenly Father, we believe in you as our provident Father. You created us to enjoy your presence in serenity of heart. Be near us in our tribulations, difficulties and problems. Reveal to us your presence and give us your grace to hold on until you answer us. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Happy Weekend.