So much pain has been caused but, if it is consolation, so much progress has also happened in making the Church a purer and humbler body. And it is all due â€“ not to an internal reforms in the Church from, say, a synod or a council â€“ but from a bunch of persistent journalists. They are the ones we have to praise and thank for â€œpruningâ€ the Church. To see them at work in the film, the lengths they go to and the risks they take, to get at the truth, is stunning. â€œBlessed are those who hunger for what is right.â€ (Matt 5:6) In the Church we used to think we were the ones who had a message for the world. We do. But the world too has a message for us.
There is a parable in Luke (Ch. 18) about a woman who â€œkept on comingâ€ to a judge for a just answer to her plea. He ignored her â€“ he probably â€œlost the fileâ€ â€“ for a long time. But then eventually he got tired of her and said, â€œIâ€™d better give her what she wants otherwise she will box my ears or give me a black eye.â€ Jesus praises her persistence and holds her up as an example of how we should â€œpray continually and never lose heart.â€
Persistence is a tough virtue but we can see that it is at the heart of what it is to be fully human, fully alive. Sportspeople, who endure punishing routines of training, peacemakers, inventors â€“ and journalists â€“ all give us great examples of what it is to persevere in prayer. It is no good saying, â€˜yes, I prayed for thatâ€™ and then you go home and leave it there. It is clear from the saints that prayer and life in the Spirit demands constant and urgent attention. â€œAsk and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.â€
16 October 2016Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sunday 29 C
Exodus 17:8-13Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 Timothy 3:14 â€“ 4:2Â Luke 18:1-8Post published in: Faith