Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time (I) (16th November, 2019) on the Gospel
(B.V.M. on Saturday, Opt. Mem)
Wis 18:14-16.19:6-9;
Ps 104:2-3.36-37.42-43. (R. v.5);
Lk 18:1-8.
Topic: No alternative.
Jesus used the parable of the widow and the unjust judge to teach His disciples the need to pray always and not to lose heart. The unjust judge “who neither feared God nor had respect for people” for a while refused to grant the widow who also lived in the same city the justice she so much desired. But the widow never gave up. She continued pleading with the unjust judge until she got justice.
Have you ever asked yourself why the widow never gave up? The reason I think is simple. She had no alternative. The reason why many turn their back on God is because they think that God is just an alternative/s. But is He? We still remember the reply of Saint Peter when Jesus asked them if they would leave Him like others, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68).
God has no alternative. He alone is God, cf. 2Kg 19:19; Ps 86:10; Neh 9:6. And He alone is good, cf. Mk 10:18; Lk 18:19.
Bible Reading: Jn 6:60-69.
Thought for today: God is not an alternative.
Let us pray: God, help us to understand that without you we can do nothing – Amen.
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