20 October 2019. Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Jobert Martin S. Gatmaitan)
One of the classic mobile games that I enjoyed back then is “Space Impact”. In the game a spaceship travels and journeys towards certain places. The goal is not just to finish the game but to have a high score. Every time I finished the game, I was compelled to play it again to beat my previous score. It felt good every time I received a much higher score than my previous score.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus told a parable of a judge who neither feared God nor respected any human being. There is also a widow who persistently sought the favorable decision of the judge. The Gospel invites me to look into how I pray. Do I pray day and night just to seek things I want; to reach a better “score” than I had the previous time? God is telling me that praying is all about a constant love that has been there before. I call on Him day and night not just because of my own capacity but God wanted me to be there and receive His love. His love has been there before I searched for it. It has been there before I call. The love of God changes my perspective of prayer from being a person who is just there to receive a better “score” to a person who is there to receive God’s love.
The Gospel Today
Luke 18: 1 – 8
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?”