A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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?" The Gospel of the Lord
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, enkindle the hearts of the faithful and fill them with the fire of Thy Love
"Secure the rights", what image comes to your mind? "Secure the rights", brings to mind the image of a tiny helpless child, utterly dependent upon the father to 'secure his rights.' What are the rights of a little child...Life, love, Providence, protection, sustenance to name a few, ...what else? Who else but an tiny infant "calls out ... day and night"? The infant doesn't know how to express himself yet, he doesn't know how to express his needs, pains, desires, so what does he do? He cries out. Here lies a beautiful image to ponder; that we belong to the Father, very need him to "secure our rights" the rights of a child of God. These rights we will never be denied. What are the rights of a child of God? Life in Him, Love in Him, Providence from Him, protection in Him, sustenance from Him. In faith must acknowledge that we are small children and we don't know what we really need or how to get it so we must 'cry out' unceasingly "day and night" because our Father in heaven will not fail to answer us. What is this "crying out" but the unceasing prayer of the heart; the lifting of the heart to our Father in heaven, in faith. The key is: in Faith. We must have faith in the Father's love and providence, that he will 'secure our rights', that he will answer, that he hears our cry and will answer because he is an infinitely good Father. If a father on earth, would take care of his child with such tenderness as to hold him in his arms and put earplugs in his ears (picture above) and love him so gently that the child can smile, so much more our heavenly Father.
"The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love and the fruit of love is service" (St. Mother Teresa)