One-Minute Homily: “The Time to Help is Now”

Is the parable of the dishonest judge and the persistent widow about bothering God into submission or something more? On this World Mission Sunday, Brian Strassburger, SJ, reflects on the pursuit of justice in this week’s One-Minute Homily. Based on the readings for Sunday, October 20.

Will you help me now? Will you help me now? If I annoy you enough, will you eventually help me out?

Hi, I’m Brian Strassburger and this is my One-Minute Reflection.

The dishonest judge in today’s parable eventually caves in to the widow who continues to bother him by asking for a just judgment in her case.

What’s the takeaway for us? Are we supposed to bother God until we get what we want?

I don’t think that’s the real message here. The widow in the parable represents the poor and outcast of society. She is crying out for justice. Who will hear her plea?

The dishonest judge isn’t exactly a hero in this story, but even he eventually comes around to help. Can we do better than that? 

Today, on World Mission Sunday, we are being called to hear the cry of the poor and outcasts of society. Will we be slow to respond? 

Let’s not wait another minute more. Find a way this week, or even today, to help the poor and outcast of your community. Let’s start helping each other, right now.

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