“But, will the Son of Man find faith on earth when he comes?” (Lk 18:8)
Today’s Passage: Lk 18:1-8
Meditation: After giving an example of a judge, who neither feared God nor respected man but made sure that his client widow got everything settled, Jesus reveals that God is certainly more righteous and generous than this unjust judge. But the story concludes with a big question as to his doubt on man’s faith even when he comes in glory.
During his public ministry we find Jesus at times reproaching people and his disciples due to their little faith or lack of faith. The synoptic gospels give ample examples or references to this theme; Jesus walks on the water (Mt 14:31), Jesus heals a boy with a demon (Mt 17:17), Jesus appears to the eleven (Mk 16:14), Jesus healing young daughter of Jairus (Mk 5:40), the unbelieving towns (Lk 11:20), the sign of Jonah (Mt 12:38), Jesus is rejected at Nazareth (Mt 13:58) etc. These pictures of those people who lived at Jesus’ time surely make us sad and prompt us to judge them. But before judging them, that let us meditate on today’s verse.
Today’s meditation verse is on sharing Jesus’ anxiety over man’s faith at his second coming. Then, it is no longer about others, but it is about you and me who are eagerly waiting for the second coming of Christ. So we have to review ourselves today as to our faith in God and his promises. Constant prayer of the widow manifests her trust in the unjust judge. Prayer is, of course then, the expression of our trust and faith too. In other words, if we fail in our prayers, we lose our faith in God.
The pictures of those unbelieving people at the time of Jesus should help us to review ourselves before judging them. For, “everything written in the scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the scripture gives us.” (Rom 15:4) So let us think about ourselves. How is my prayer life? Did I lose faith in Jesus and his promises?
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Give us today the real courage to examine ourselves with an open heart. Every now and then we look at the faith of others and criticize them, but today you are inviting us to look at ourselves. Send your Holy Spirit upon us with the gift of discernment. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Saturday…