The Gospel Today
Twenty-ninth Sunday 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. Philip Faustino Volante):
We have a saying in Tagalog, “Kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga”. I think this saying is very relevant to our Gospel for today. Jesus is telling us, through a parable that even the most hardened judge can give in to the request of a persistent widow. In our daily lives, the Gospel is teaching us to pray hard and persistently, for God always grants requests. I believe, it is not only us who are very persistent in getting what we want but God is also persistent in leading us into our vocation.
I remembered how persistent God was in calling me to enter the seminary. He was like a suitor who never quits until he hears me say my very sweet “YES”. I told myself before; I don’t want to enter the seminary because I want to experience an “ORDINARY” life, an office job, family, etc. God gave me the chance to experience all of them, but it was also God who showed me that I was not contented; it was as if something was missing. I already submitted myself to the fact that I would enter the seminary, but I still negotiated with God, asking him to give me one more job, and he did. One particular experience I remembered when I was writing my resume, I got bored and played solitaire in the computer. In one of the games, I happened to make a deal with God that if I would finish the game, I would enter the seminary. Lo and behold! I finished the game! At the back of my mind, it was as if I could see God looking at me with an all knowing grin and telling me, “So…” But I still asked God for one more shot in the corporate world. He still granted my wish, but after a few months, I felt, I needed to answer God’s call already. God has given me all the privileges and the opportunities to experience the life outside the vocation He is calling me. So it’s now time for me to say “YES” to Him.
As of now, even if following the vocation He led me to is not easy, I still find it fulfilling and enjoyable. I think God is more persistent than all of us, He never quits even if we have already given up. And He leads us to where we will grow more and where we will live to become better persons more.