The Unjust Judge

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In today’s gospel passage Jesus offers his disciples a most puzzling parable about an unjust judge.

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.’”

What could this odd story mean?  It means that persistence is a virtue when it comes to praying to God for what we need.  The unjust judge ultimately gave the widow a just verdict only because she continued to pester him about it.  Jesus was teaching his disciples and us that we should always continue to pray unceasingly to God, even if we don’t get what we ask the first time.  Unlike the judge in the parable, God, who loves us, does not give us what we ask for because we are pestering him.  Instead, he gives us what we need when and if we truly need it.

So don’t give up if you have prayed for something and haven’t yet had your prayer answered.  Keep on praying!

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