The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
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?”
Reflection (Sem. Rodel D. Aclan)
Many reflections on the Gospel today focused on the theme of perseverance in prayer, just like the widow in the Gospel who, through her perseverance in asking for justice, received a favorable ruling from a wicked judge.
To kneel and pray before God when we are in the midst of trials is the natural tendency of many if not all of us. During this time, we become more genuine in talking to God. We show our full dependence on Him while we beg for His mercy to deliver us from our afflictions. We pray to Him with all our heart and we call Him Father.
After we storm heaven with our prayers and petitions and after He answers our prayers, the question is, what’s next? Oftentimes the next thing that happens is we are not faithful in our promises to God, the things that we will do or not do. I for myself admit that many times I also faltered in being faithful in my own promises to God, especially those I made in times of difficulty.
This perhaps is the reason why in the Gospel today, our Lord Jesus asked this question, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” We only know how to call Him in the time of our need but immediately forget Him after we have received what we need. We become unfaithful to Him, we again turn to sin.
The Gospel today gives us the assurance that our God is a loving and generous God. He will not play deaf to our prayers and petitions to Him, but the Gospel also reminds us that we need to respond to His generosity – a response of faithfulness to Him and to the teachings and values that He had shown us.