17 November 2018; Pray Without Ceasing

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Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious
Reading 13 Jn 5-8Gospel Lk 18:1-8

There are two personalities in this parable, a widow and the unjust judge. The widow has come in need of justice. Since she was poor and had no money to bribe her case was pending. Her opponent could have been rich highly influential could be the reason, why the judge didn’t take much concern towards her. She had only one option in front of her, without losing heart, consistently and patiently ask for justice, till she gets the justice, and it worked. The judge gave in to her demands.

Jesus presents this widow as one of the best example to be emulated in our prayer life. The first part of today’s Gospel passage we read the same. “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not lose heart (V: 1). Showing the example of the judge who neither feared God nor respected people, Jesus shows how different our God is. The judge grants justice for the widow to get rid of the disturbance caused by her constant nagging to get justice. Jesus asks this beautiful question, ‘the judge who did not fear God and never showed concern for men, if he grants justice will not God grant justice  to His chosen ones who cry to Him day and night. God is ever active and ready to hear the cry of His chosen ones.

This parable teaches me yet another beautiful lesson; we are praying to a father who is rich in love and mercy for His children. He is ready to give us even before we ask him whatever we want. This realization should enable us pray with hope, and with a consistent heart and mind. St. Paul writes in his first letter to Thessalonians chapter 5: 12 “pray without ceasing”. St. Peter encourages us through his letter, “for the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer” (1Pet 3:12). Let the promise of our Lord Jesus, “ask and it will be given you, search and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you”, be the inspiration and guiding principle for our life of prayer.

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