29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C)
The parable we hear today can be a little disconcerting. After all, God is not a dishonest judge who makes decisions to get people off his back, or to exact from them some bribe or payment. He is a loving Father who knows what we need and always answers our prayers with what is best for us. Then, why such insistence on prayer? Why ask for anything at all if he already knows our needs? To this, St. Augustine replies that we should pray not because God needs to know, but because our hearts need to expand, “to increase our desire for God and so that we might be able to receive what he is preparing to give us.”
St. Luke prefaces the parable by speaking about the necessity to pray always without growing weary (cf. Lk 18:1). We see that example in the first reading, as Aaron and Hur support Moses’ hands when we grows tired while praying (cf. Ex 17:12) in a beautiful example of intercessory prayer.
As always, the main ingredient of prayer is faith—small like a mustard seed, as we saw a couple of weeks ago. St. Paul exhorts Timothy, and us, to be faithful (2 Tim 3:14). And that is the point of the parable: remain faithful in prayer and the Father will come to your rescue. God bless you.