這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫，內容以下列文章為根據: Commentary on Exodus 17:8-13, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 and Luke 18:1-8, 常年期第二十九主日.
Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus told His disciples a parable of the unjust judge and the widow. Luke points out clearly that the purpose of this parable is to teach the necessity for people to pray always without becoming weary. In the parable, the judge who "neither feared God nor respected any human being" finally decided to deliver a just decision for the widow, to prevent her from bothering him. Even the unjust judge can be made to yield to the pestering of the widow, when we pray persistently to our merciful Heavenly Father, He would certainly answer our prayers.
But does that mean we could ask God for anything as long as we pray persistently? In the parable, the widow asked for justice, which conforms to God's will since He Himself is justice. If we are to pray according to His will, the only way is to pray that our hearts would become like Jesus'.
This reading ends with Jesus' question: "But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" Jesus reminds us to remain faithful and steadfast in prayers while waiting for His coming. Just as the humble widow received justice at last through her persistence, through our persistent prayers, we could also see the coming of Jesus who will triumph over evil and give us justice and eternal happiness.
This reflection is prepared by the FLL Inspire editorial team as a digest of the following two articles: Commentary on Exodus 17:8-13, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 and Luke 18:1-8, 常年期第二十九主日.