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Friday, November 13, 2020

Reflection 2020-11-14 Saturday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

3 John 5-8; Psalm 112; Luke 18:1-8

In the First Reading, John wrote to his friend Gaius and tells him to support co-workers with the truth. The early Church was very concerned about the Truth, it being the message of the Gospel. Sad to say, today, it seems like the message of the Gospel has been diluted and corrupted, with some preaching a different gospel. This is why we need to be careful in whom we listen and believe. We will know who preaches the Truth, when what they preach is consistent to what the Church teaches throughout the millenia. If these are not preaching the Truth, we need to reject them and expose them as they are.

Jesus gives a parable on prayer in the Gospel today. He talks of a corrupt judge who would not give justice to a widow. The widow kept coming to him and saying “Grant me justice against my opponent.”

The judge finally gave in so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.

We come to the Lord when we need something and we are sure to receive what we ask. The condition though is that we need to ask what we need not what we think we need especially, not what we want. Jesus concludes the parable by saying: will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them.

Jesus is not talking about a car or a house or any material thing. Jesus speaks specifically for justice, to his chosen ones. God will give justice when his chosen ones pray and ask for justice.

What is justice? We define justice as giving to someone what they deserve. God executes his justice through people. When we pray to him for justice, we believe God is the ultimate judge who makes sure we will get what is ours. This is what Jesus meant,

when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?

When we think we can work for justice or build a just society without God, we fall into the trap that we are the ones who make things happen. The truth is we cannot build a just society on our own. No advancement in science can achieve this because justice is of God. Justice also has to be based on the Law of God and not on the laws of men. Just look at the laws we have today. It is acceptable to kill a baby even after it is born. It is acceptable to kill disabled. It is acceptable to do immoral acts. This is not a just society. And neither is it a free society because people who live in this kind of society are enslaved to their own passions. They are not free to be what they can be because they do only what they want. God is pushed out of their lives that they do not know what God has planned.

Justice is giving first to God what is God’s. It is acknowledging God for who he is. It is then that we can act justly. Justice is based on the Truth of God and not on the opinions of men. This is why we need to chase after Truth.

Lord, let me know the Truth, so that I can be set free.

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