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May God Bless Y'all

And He told them a parable, to the effect that they ought to pray and not lose heart
Luke 18:1-8 or (Matthew 10:1-9)

Sermon Topic Persistence

Sermon Week Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 18:1


A woman went into an airport shop, bought a book to read and a package of cookies to eat while waiting to board her plane. She took a seat in the terminal and opened her book. But she was immediately distracted by the man sitting two seats to her right. Incredibly, the man actually was fumbling to open the package of cookies on the seat between them. And when he put his hand into the package, extracted a cookie, and ate it, she couldn't believe her eyes. She was so shocked to see a total stranger nonchalantly starting to eat her cookies, she didn't know what to do -- and she didn't want to create a scene. Finally, she reached over and removed a cookie from the package and ate it. "I'll show him," she said to herself. "No way is he going to eat all my cookies!" Whereupon, the man reached out for a second cookie, and ate it. "Ill show him," the woman told herself again, and she took a second cookie and ate it. Then the man ate a third cookie and she did likewise. And even though no message seemed to be getting through to the man, she persisted in carrying out this scenario until all the cookies were gone. As they boarded the plane, she still persisted in her effort to try to humiliate the man, glaring at him with fire in her eyes. Then she took her seat, reached into her purse for a tissue, and there, in her purse, lay her still unopened package of cookies. Call it a case of "misguided persistence" -- but not so in today's Gospel Lesson.

In today's Lesson, Jesus tells a parable about an unjust judge and a very persistent woman. Jesus describes the judge as a man "who neither feared God nor had any regard for man" (Lk. 18:2). In other words, he couldn't care less about what anyone thought of him, not even God. The woman in the story is a poor widow who is being victimized in some way. She brings her case before [...]

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