The gospel parable for this Sunday’s mass about the widow and the unrighteous judge is probably among the most misunderstood stories of Jesus. Many think that Jesus is saying that God is like the unrighteous judge, and that you have to keep on pleading with him to grant your prayer, because he doesn’t want to grant it, and so you have to wear him down with your persistence.
If there is one thing we can all agree on about the state of the world today is that there is an awful lot of injustice going on in it. We long for this state of affairs to be brought to an end, for the righteous to be rewarded and the wicked to be punished. That will only come about finally when Jesus returns to bring about the kingdom of God in its fullness.