A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Saturday 12 November

Wisdom 18: 14-16, 19: 6-9, Ps. 105, Luke 18: 1-8

Persistence in prayer

In this parable, Jesus contrasts God with an unjust judge. The judge has all the power in the situation, but the vulnerable, defenceless widow is relentlessly persistent. The judge eventually fears that she will ‘worry me to death’. The Greek could mean simply that she will wear him out – but it could even mean that she will give him a black eye! Today’s gospel reflects times when prayer feels like an experience of persistently petitioning God in the face of divine silence. Do we persist in prayer however tired or angry with God we may be?

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