Catholic Men’s Daily Devotional and Bible Study – 29th Week in Ordinary time – Sunday – Cycle C – Luke 18:1-8
After warning the disciples of the coming apocalyptic trials before the Son of Man (Jesus) returns, Christ girds their hope to give them confidence with the Parable of the Widow and the Unrighteous Judge. In it, Christ exhorts His men to relentlessly persist in prayer and to be assured that God will answer.
Christ uses classic logic in the arguments He builds into the Parable of the Widow and the Unrighteous Judge; an a fortiori (Latin meaning “from the stronger” ) argument gets agreement for a proposition and then asserts a more compelling (stronger) proposition that is even more compelling. A weak man (a poor widow) persistently files a lawsuit using an imperfect secular legal system (coming to the judge) ruled over by powerful but imperfect men (the Unrighteous Judge); given the relentless persistence of the man, even the imperfect judge in an imperfect system finally grants justice (vindication). A stronger case can be made that men who cry out to God will be vindicated for He is the perfection of love, mercy, truth and justice and will undoubtably answer the prayers of those men who have faith in Him.
Returning to the apocalyptic trauma and prophecies of His return, Christ asks the searing question: “when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Awed by Jesus Christ – Son of God, Christ offers an inside view of how God hears and responds to prayer. Astoundingly, on behalf of the Father, Christ promises for God that God will vindicate those who pray with persistence. Divine Teacher, Christ builds compelling parables using classic logic (a fortiori) that are understandable and memorable. Divine Judge, Christ explicitly compares Himself to a judge and confirms that He will mete out justice.
Being a Heroic Catholic Man
1) Men appreciate great arguments and soaring rhetoric. Marvel at the truth that in Christ Jesus, men can witness the greatest thinker and orator (and greatest everything) of eternity; He is God, after all!
2) In the modern “lawsuit” culture, men sue men for vengeance, financial windfalls and sometimes justice; the accusatory and confrontational mindset can poison men’s hearts and minds. While prudently engaging the legal system as a last resort, pray for Christ to open your heart to hear His voice and to fill you with mercy.
3) Crises come to every man; each man has personal appointments with pain (illness, betrayal, loss, death, etc.). If your life is currently tranquil, vow to establish a rigorous daily discipline of prayer to be prepared for your inevitable appointment with pain. If you are in the midst of crisis, pray with persistence and devotion to Jesus, Mary and Joseph; be assured of Christ’s promise to hear your prayer.
Spiritual Practices – Include in Today’s Prayers
Sacred Mystery of Rosary – The Glorious Mysteries
Daily Devotion – The Blessed Trinity
Virtue of the Day – Charity
Corporal Work of Mercy – To feed the hungry
Spiritual Work of Mercy – To admonish the sinner