Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pentecost 21c - Luke 18:1-8

The promise of a quick response to the cries of the chosen ones would seem to contradict the point of the parable. We are to pray always and not lose heart, like a widow wearing down an unjust judge with continual coming, but then the day and night cry gets an answer without delay. So which is it? Pray for a long time with no answer or justice granted quickly? Maybe finding faith on earth is what the praying parable is really all about. We focus our prayers on everyday needs and as important as those things are to us and others the more important point of the parable is the persistence of faith that waits when the return is long delayed with no end in sight. And if waiting faith remains for the return of the Son of Man, then day and night cries can go without immediate answers in the same way unjust judges can resist persistent widows for some time. That means praying is more about persistent faith than results and the act of praying becomes the faithful answer to whatever prompted prayer in the first place. Or in other words, pray always and do not lose heart.

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