October 16, 2016
EX 17:8-13 PS 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 2 TM 3:14-4:2 LK 18:1-8
Today’s readings were all about prayer, and the need to continually call out to our Heavenly Father. The readings are familiar, and the themes those we’ve heard before (and don’t listen to enough, which is probably why we keep hearing them.)
But out of the familiar words, I heard the words of the evil judge, “While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being…” and suddenly I was riveted. Who is that honest with themselves? How many of us have that kind of insight into who we really are?
Would be be willing to say “I know that I neither respect my parents nor am I honest in business dealings…”, “I know that I’m selfish in my marriage and neglect my elderly grandparents…”, “I know that I neglect my children and squander the time God has given me on social media…”? Are we able to take that long hard look into our own souls and see the failings that are there, and then own them?
While we are praying like the widow, continually asking God to meet our needs and deliver us justice, maybe we should ask for the courage of the evil judge to see ourselves as we really are. Instead of comforting ourselves with the “But I’m a good person!” mantra of our age, we should ask for God’s grace to assess our own character, with honesty and contrition.