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The good news for the day October 16

Twenty-ninth Sunday Ordinary Time (147)

Jesus told people following Him a meaningful story—about how you needed to keep praying always—and not give up. Jesus says, “There once was a municipal judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor showed favoritism to any human being. A widow in that town used to appeal to him, ‘Make a fair decision for me against my opponent.’ For a long time, the judge remained unwilling, until eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I don’t fear God nor show favor to any human being—just because this widow keeps bothering me I’ll deliver a fair verdict for her—or she might finally come and assault me.’”  The one in charge says, “Look at what the dishonest judge says. Won’t God secure the benefits of his favorites who call out to him day and night?  Will he be slow to answer them?  I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.  But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? (Luke 18)

You hunger and thirst for “justice”—a justice that is not “law and order” not something you go to court about. This justice is not of this world—but it is definitely about this world; It is not the visible justice of jails and fines, police and judges, but a deeper justice—the repair of a world wandering astray, a corrective of harmful attitudes, a change of outlook.

God is involved because you and I cannot effect these changes of heart; it takes more than persuasion and logic. It takes grace—the grace you radiate into the dark places of human souls—the work of God through you to shine hope and forgiveness. If someone hates you, someone laughs at you, or is anger, and calls you stupid for your kind behavior—that is the kind of injustice that God is working to remedy.

It takes faith—in the Spirit of God within you, in the possibility of change in others—to heal wounds, to restore the Family of God to mutual respect. You gotta hang in there. God is on your side—the side of courage, patience and peace. God will give you what you need—maybe not what ou want—but, in all justice, what you need—to live as a member of His Family.

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