“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
A beautiful Sunday morning here in McKinney. My friend Mary was already greeting at the door when I arrived at church at 8:30. Always good to see her smiling face.
Today’s Gospel was about the persistent widow who kept returning to the judge for vindication. ..
Jesus told his disciples a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Vindicate me against my adversary.’ For a while he refused; but afterwords he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming (Lk 18:1-6).'”
“Ask and you shall receive,” not perhaps what you wanted, but what God knew you needed. “Seek and you shall find,” not the easy way which you thought you deserved, but the harder way which would make you more deserving of heaven. “Knock and it shall be opened unto you,” not the door you were standing at, which would have delayed or endangered your progress, but the door further down the street where refreshment and new courage to continue on your upward climb were awaiting you.
— Excerpted from The Sunday Readings Cycle C, Fr. Kevin O’ Sullivan, O.F.M.
My take on it…never give up, be faithful and persistent, and if all else fails, do like the widow did. Bug the “heck” out of the judge until you are vindicated.
Sunday’s sermon is always thought provoking. I thought about things that we pray for and wish for. We don’t always get the things we asked for. It’s kind of like Christmas when you were a kid. Sometimes you got socks and school clothes instead of a new bike. You really needed the clothes, didn’t you? Life is like that sometimes.