Friday, October 19, 2007

Pentecost +21 Sunday – C4

Pentecost +21 Sunday – C4

Years C
Luke 18:1-8

"This and the following parable warn us against two fatal extremes, with regard to prayer: the former against faintness and weariness, the latter against self confidence." - John Wesley, Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament

Paragraphing unparagraphed material is always a challenge. Here is my preferred edit:

Jesus told a parable about a need to pray always and not to lose heart.

He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people.

"In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, 'Grant me justice against my opponent.'

"For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, 'Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.' "

And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says."

"And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice [read "a persistent heart"] to them.

When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith [read "justice"] on earth?"

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Listen again to what the unjust judge says, "Justice will eventually come to pass!"

Jesus will find justice [read "faith enacted"] when, eventually, G*D's justice and our justice come together. It is justice that is needed for Jesus' return, not some rebuilt temple.

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prayer is to faith
persistence is to justice

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