Luke 18:1-8 Reflection – The Luster of Our Soul

Reflection on Luke 18:1-8 ~

It is likely that you have had periods within your life when your faith became weaker.  Forgetting to pray is often part of either leading up to or during these times.  My own experience is that this is when evil can subtly slip between the cracks to open up selfishness, pride, independence and other vices. When virtues are not protecting your thoughts, doubt rises to the surface.  Even if you do not feel like it, pray, because praying restores and maintains the luster of our soul so Jesus can become visible.

He Who is of God Hears the Word of God, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Luke 18  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge

18 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And 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. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 18:1-8.