Then Jesus told them a parable about their 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 to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
The Unjust Judge
he prayer of asking is at the heart of this passage. When Thomas Aquinas takes up the question of prayer, it is a study of the prayer of asking because, in a sense, it contains all prayer. It is the essential prayer.
It is our sense of being loved that empowers us to turn to God and ask for ourselves and the need of others. Catherine of Siena records these words of the Father to her: “It is I who gave you the hunger and the voice with which you call me… Never lower your voice in crying out to me to be merciful to the world." "I give to those who ask, and I invite you to ask. And I am very displeased with those who do not knock….” D. 107
In the Gospel Jesus tells us to ask. It is a command. And he is telling us to ask insistently. That is a command. Keep the lines of communication open. Ask, Knock, Seek.
Talking about prayer, Mother Teresa of Calcutta mentioned ”silence of the mind and heart,” being quiet in ourselves, making space each day to be with the Lord making time, having your own God spot.
She also said: “Each one has their own touch on God and God touches each one in his own way.” You have your own way, you may hold it in common with others, you may not. Be yourself. The Jewish Rabbi Susya said: “In the coming world, they will not ask me. Why were you not Moses? They will ask me: Why were you not Susya.” Why were you not yourself?
Pray in the way you feel called to pray. In 1970 Pope Paul VI declared St Teresa of Avila, the Doctor of Prayer. She has many things to share. When she was about twenty-eight years old she fell in love. She felt so ashamed, that for eighteen months she gave up all personal prayer. Then, her father became ill, and she was permitted to go home to nurse him. She asked fr. Vincent Barron, to come in and care for him. As he was in the house, she said to herself. I might as well talk to him myself! She told her story. He suggested two things: She should receive the Eucharist more frequently, and then said: “Never, let shame separate you from God. Pray through your shame.” The mercy that is forgiveness, for ourselves, and the mercy that is forgiveness for others.
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries