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. Tommy Gawain Lira):
What keeps you going?
The challenge of the Gospel today will help us understand the value of being persistent in all our endeavors. The story of the widow is one typical example of having that kind of attitude, a hopeful feeling despite of all adversities in life. In the end she was able to convince the judge to grant her request. But being persistent is not enough to motivate someone to achieve a higher goal; it needs wrapping with mantle of faith. When it does, then everything becomes clear and easy.
However, having faith is not a guarantee of smooth sailing life. We may experience difficulties along the way; perhaps even at times we lose our enthusiasm in doing things that becomes common to us. It becomes automatic.
Some people do well on their first months about their job. Having that confidence push them to excel and accomplish many things. Now the problem is a few years later that excitement starts to dwindle. Everything becomes mechanical and the enjoyment is no longer there and you become weary and upset and sometimes lose your temper even on small matters that do not correspond to your idea. Do you know what happens next? Giving up is one of the possible options.
Saint Paul has something to remind us especially in pursuing our dreams, he says. “Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” (Colossians 3:2). It only means to say that you need to go back and remember how God brought you to where you are now. And make a decision to teach yourself each day that it’s going to be alright and it’s going to be a great day. Don’t give up on your dreams. Just fan the flame of your faith that once ignites you. And always remember that what keeps you going should not depend on your circumstances but on the faith that is within you.
Our prayers are answered not primarily because we deserve it but most of all because you let the miracle of faith happens in you. And that is the faith that keeps you and always carries you through.