A Homily – The Gospel of Luke 18:1 – 8 ©

The Gospel of the Day – 2016.10.16

 

On Justice

 

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?’

 

Patience

 

Endeavor to persevere.

 

Do not lose heart, or hope, trust in the goodness of your actions, even if they do not bear fruit; the good is never wasted.

 

Justice may come from people who have no interest in it. Nevertheless, a just result is a just result.

 

Do not wait for justice but strive for it. Persistence is its own reward.

 

Do not wait for God to deliver you from your troubles here on earth, be patient, and in keeping with the way of Jesus; seek justice through mercy, and love, and kindness.

 

This may not change your circumstances, but it will change you, that is where you find salvation.

 

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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