Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14
By Bryn Gillette
Father Richard Rohr OFM writes, ‘we must be willing to admit to the contradictions inside of us, and still let God love us in that partial state. Once we agree to see our own shadow side, our own foolishness, and our own sin and still know that God has not abandoned us, we become a living paradox that reveals the goodness of God. This is what the tax collectors and prostitutes had to do, and this is what changed them.
▪ In the month of September Peter’s Square is remarkably full of pilgrims. Especially throngs of pilgrims flooded the Vatican to celebrate the highly anticipated canonization of Mother Teresa, an event that Catholics and non-Catholics alike have looked forward to since her death in 1997. Her canonization is significant because it took place during the Jubilee of Mercy and also because it fell during a special Jubilee celebration for workers and volunteers of Mercy. At the beginning of the celebration our Pope declared saying, “We enroll her among the Saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church”.
Exodus 17:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14--4:2; Luke 18:1-8
Luke tells us that this parable of the persistent widow and the unrighteous judge is about our need to pray constantly and not lose hope. So maybe an alternate reading of this parable is that it's yes, about persistence and prayer and hope, but maybe it's about the persistence of God. Maybe it is us who, even though we fail to fear God or care about people, are finally worn down by the persistence of a God who longs for justice. Maybe prayer isn't the way in which we manipulate God, but is simply the posture in which we finally become worn down by God's persistence -- God's persistence in loving us. God's persistence in forgiving and being known. And God's persistence in being faithful and always, always, always bringing life out of death.