Written by the fantastic Roger
The persistent widow ; the Pharisee and the tax collector
Jesus tells us about a woman who has been badly treated and who has been denied justice, However she does not give up and keeps on appealing until at last she wins her case. He then compares this to us who perhaps do not show the same fortitude when our faith is tested. He is saying never give up the faith and not just to wait until something happens but remain active in our faith.
The Pharisee and tax collector are both in church and praying.
One is telling God what he has done and how he looks down on other people who can’t be like him. He is vain, thinks he has nothing to worry about and is not prepared to admit his faults.
The other is humble, admits his mistakes praising God and asks that he will be better in the future.
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Ps 33:20, 21
Have anyone you know ever been tenacious? Have you ever been that determined?
What made them not give up? Could you have the resolve to keep going?
What would give you the strength to carry on?
Do you know someone who has behaved like the Pharisee?
If they ever needed help from you, what would you do/say?