For Saturday of the Thirty-Second Ordinary Week of the Church Year
Before Jesus begins his parable today, the Gospel says it is about the necessity for disciples to pray always without becoming weary.
At the end of this parable, Jesus asks if he will find faith on earth when he returns.
From all this, we understand that faith prays, and that prayer has faith.
No faith, no prayer.
No prayer, no faith.
When Jesus, the Son of Man, returns, will he find prayer on earth, will he find faith on earth?
He will return as judge.
We say it every Sunday in the Creed: He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
Will he find us alive in faith and prayer?
And if we are alive in faith and prayer, how does that look?
It looks like disciples of Jesus who know they have a Father in heaven.
It looks like disciples who let the Father be a king in their lives.
It looks like disciples who do the will of God on earth with the standards of heaven.
Disciples who are alive in faith and prayer depend more on God than on bread that fills only for a day.
Disciples who are alive in faith and prayer are always repenting of sin and asking God for mercy.
Disciples who are alive in faith and prayer forgive the sins of others.
Disciples who are alive in faith and prayer obediently follow when God leads them away from temptation.
Though God delivers us from evil, disciples who are alive in faith and prayer also take pains on their own to shun evil.
The poor widow in the Lord’s parable today knew that her pushy, hardheaded, stick-to-itiveness was a matter of life and death.
Are you and I awake to the fact that prayer is a matter of life and death?
In the book that is the final Revelation of the word of the Lord [Rev. 3:15-16], Jesus the Son of Man returns, and he says:
I know your works.
You are neither cold nor hot.
Would that you were cold or hot!
So, because you are lukewarm,
and neither cold nor hot,
I will spew you out of my mouth.
In the Eucharist today and everyday, when God receives us and we receive him, if we choose to remain neither cold nor hot in faith and prayer, then we are the same as if we had spewed the Eucharist out of our mouths.
When Christ the Son of Man comes in his Eucharist and finally in his glory, will he find prayer and faith alive in us?