Jesus tells the parable of the unjust judge who gives in to a widow who persists in seeking her rights.
Jesus asks, “Will God not do justice to those chosen ones who call out day and night? Will God delay justice for them?”
In Luke’s time widows have little place in society but many find a home in Christian communities. The widow’s voice demanding her rights would perk up the ears of Luke’s original listeners. The poor widow represents the helpless and abandoned of the world; she has no legal rights without a husband. She lives at the mercy of those who ought to protect her.
People who are poor today often become victims of the powerful, pawns of the mighty. The recession, the sequestration, the stall in Congress—all hurt those most in need. Yet our heritage is one of a hope that comes through faith in the goodness of God and the goodness of those who follow Jesus’ way.
Whose persistence do you admire?