Similarly, that visceral feeling, that bristling, is what rises in me as I hear our Gospel passage this morning.
I have heard it exegeted from the perspective of the unjust judge being us – humanity… which makes a bit more sense, but leaves very little room for God’s transformative power in our lives, or what we used to like to call repentance.
So, my bristling has to do with the fact that, in our passage today, the judge NEVER turns around… His motivation for justice is clearly stated: “… Because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.” What an unjust reason to grant someone justice!
Now,… If I were to be truthful with you all, I have to admit that my first reaction to this story was, “Well, what did you expect? This is the way the world works.” And, that is indeed, although unfortunately… true. But, we… I… I expect more of the Bible. I expect to be shone the way to justice… a proof of ‘Who’s walking whom’ with God clearly in charge, and justice an expected outcome of living as God’s people.
Just between you & me, wouldn’t it be refreshing to read something like: “… and then the widow clobbered the judge over the head until he had respect. – at least for her” … Justice!! RIGHT???
Go back with me, if you will, to the very first line of this morning’s reading: “Then Jesus told them this parable about their need to pray always and not loose heart.”My friends, I had missed it!!! I had missed the very purpose of what Jesus was telling his friends, companions, and even advisories: PRAY… ALWAYS!!
•How many of you prayed for the candidate that you don’t want to win??