The Deep End – Crying out
The judge in the parable we hear today is hardly a role model.
He delivers justice to the widow, not because he cares about her
but because he wants to get rid of her. He acts out of selfishness.
This unjust judge is in contrast with God, who is full of
compassion, particularly for those who are in need . When His
people cry out, God hears their pleas,
On the surface, the parable is about the need to pray and
not lose heart, and the faithfulness of God. But like many of
Jesus’ parables, it has many layers. It also teaches us about
Justice, and how we should respond to those crying out for
At the time of Jesus, widows were one of the most
vulnerable groups in society; many were left without resources
after the death of a husband. In our own country and in other
parts of the world, millions of people continue to cry out for
justice. Are we like the unjust judge, burying our head in the
sand and simply hoping they will go away? Do we offer a halfhearted
response, just to make ourselves feel better? Or is our
response rooted in a real sense of justice and compassion?
‘May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half truths,
And superficial relationships…
And may God bless you
With enough foolishness
To believe that you can
Make a difference in the world,
So that you can do
What others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness
To all our children and the poor.