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The Deep End: Crying out

The judge in the parable we hear today is hardly a role model. He delivers justice to the widow, not because he cares about her but because he wants to get rid of her. He acts out of selfishness. This unjust judge is in contrast with God, who is full of compassion, particularly for those who are most in need. When his people cry out, God hears their pleas. On the surface, the parable is about the need to pray and not lose heart, and the faithfulness of God. But like many of Jesus’ parables, it has many layers. It also teaches us about justice, and how we should respond to those crying out for justice. At the time of Jesus, widows were one of the most vulnerable groups in society; many were left without resources after the death of a husband. In our own country and in other parts of the world, millions of people continue to cry out for justice. Are we like the unjust judge, burying our head in the sand and simply hoping they will go away? Do we offer a half-hearted response, just to make ourselves feel better? Or is our response rooted in a real sense of justice and compassion? ‘May God bless you with discomfort At easy answers, half-truths, And superficial relationships…

And may God bless you / With enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, / So that you can do what others claim cannot be done, / To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.  


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