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?”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
The parable in the Gospel today reminds us of our need for prayer. We are humbled by our weaknesses, by our need for grace, extending far beyond that which we alone could accomplish. When we pray, we acknowledge how dependent we are on God. Is it that the squeaky wheel gets the grease? Why no, more than that, different than that. The squeaky wheel, the one who prays and is prayerful, receives the grace of God. May we continue our commitments as prayerful followers of Jesus, guided by faith through our journey.
—Bernadette Gillick is a Marquette University alumna, and a former Clinical Instructor for Creighton University’s Institute for Latin American Concern. Her ministry continues as a clinical researcher discovering treatments for stroke during infancy.
All powerful and ever-living God,
in your abundant love you give us more than we deserve
and more than we ask for;
grant us your mercy in great measure;
forgive us when we have gone against our conscience
and give us what we dare not even pray for.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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