November 13 2021 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Luke 18:1-8

A reading from the gospel according to Luke 18:1-8

1 Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
2 He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
3 And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
4 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,
5 because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’”
6 The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
7 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?
8 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?”

Reflection: Non-Stop Prayer

The bible is filled with verses about prayer and the need for persistence in prayer. In fact, the gospel reading above is entitled The Parable of Persistent Prayer although in most bible versions, it is called The Parable of the Unjust Judge. It tells us to keep praying day and night and God in His mercy and in His perfect time, He will grant us our petition.

Saint Paul says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). For God is sometimes silent when we pray. It is possible that God does not always give us what we pray for but it does not mean He does not listen to us anymore. He knows what is good for us and perhaps what we are asking Him is not what is best for us. It is therefore necessary that we pray and not lose heart.

Life has its ups and downs. When we are down, it doesn’t mean we are hopeless. It could mean it is time to come closer to our Father in heaven an to trust Him even more. We often hear the words that there is a reason for everything. Indeed, even in our darkest moment, God will come to redeem us and to let us see his glory. How true it is that those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.

The last verse in the reading above mentions Jesus asking us if we still have faith when he comes back. For in the midst of great tribulations, it is easy to be discouraged. That is why, we need to keep the faith through non-stop prayer.

Gospel Reading and Reflection for November 13, 2021
Gospel Reading and Reflection for November 13, 2021

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