Reflections 20th October 2019

A Reflection for the twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 18:  1-8 ( )

Try and try again!

The story of the widow and the unjust judge is told by Jesus to encourage the apostles to pray continually and not to give up. 

The widow symbolizes the weak and helpless such as orphans and children. There is no one to defend them. This widow seems to have no family members to help her get justice.

On the one hand, we have the judge who fears neither man nor God.  He finally gives in because he is tired of the widow’s persistence.

On the other hand, we have God who is full of compassion, always ready to listen and who never gives up on us.

Today on Mission Sunday we salute those brave men and women who try in so many different ways to help people get justice. In our lives we are often faced with examples of injustice such as homelessness or the rows of sick people who are lying on trollies in our hospitals.

This gospel should be an example to us to make a determined response to change such situations.

Tom Hogan C.S.Sp. – Fr. Tom served in Kenya for over 30 years including as Principal of St. Mary’s School, Nairobi.  Having studied health promotion, he spent a decade in the Tana River region leading a team of health professionals. He is currently part of the chaplaincy team in Rockwell College.