The Widow and The Judge

20 Oct
‘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?”
(Luke 18:1-8)
The widow annoys the judge. The judge caves in. The widow gets her
justice. And all is well! Well…no!
The wealthy powerful judge’s comfortable life is unhinged by the
persistent insistence of the powerless poor widow. She is hungry, forgotten,
outside of the circles of respectability all because of something she had
little control over, her husband died. In her plight she goes and stands
outside the house of the one who can do something for her and begins pleading,
and doesn’t stop. Like the cat who sits outside your bedroom window in the
middle of the night and keeps you awake, taking no notice of your colourful
language, she keeps right on, and on, and on.

You see she is stuck in the space-in-between – in between what she once
had and what she is entitled to, in a word, respect. But not only is she stuck
in that space, so is the judge.  He is committed to the status quo but is
being pleaded to move to a place of justice, a place where he is asked
to take action to put right what is wrong.

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