I remember reading a story back in 2002, in one of the daily newspapers in India regarding an elderly man pleading for justice for his only son. His son was innocent, but had been imprisoned for several years before he was finally proven innocent. After the judgment, his father was interviewed by a reporter and said, "God does not deny justice but delays justice."
Today’s gospel invites us to pray continually and never lose heart. We must be like the elderly man who prayed consistently and fought for justice for his son and was finally rewarded, or like the widow in the parable who kept coming to the judge until she was given justice. If we pray with perseverance, we will gradually discover that things are not as absurd as they seem. We will come to recognize the face of the God who loves us.
Let us ask God in our prayer for what we need. Let’s not ask in prayer for wealth or things or position, rather let us ask the Lord to come into our hearts and into our lives. When God comes into our lives, we are blessed in abundance. During our Eucharist, let us pray for Jesus to fill our hearts rather than asking him for material wealth.
Fr. A. Justin Nelson, C.P. is a member of our Indian Vicariate and temporarily stationed at St. Mary’s Parish, Fairfield, Alabama.