There is a little phrase in Luke’s Gospel which can help us unlock our parable this weekend. We hear earlier in Luke’s gospel “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” This verse from back in chapter 11 is the interpretive key for us this weekend. It explains to us the unlikely comparison Jesus makes between our Loving Father in heaven and the unjust judge.
Jesus is not of course suggesting that our heavenly Father is in anyway unjust or reluctant to hear and answer our prayers. No, the encouragement for us is to understand that even if the most unjust of judges will finally relent to the ceaseless petitions of a defenceless widow, then how much more will God — who is, after all, a good judge — answer your prayers!”
I wonder then if our Gospel this weekend might encourage us not to loose heart when it may seem that our prayers have not been heard. No, God’s providence is all knowing, our prayers are heard, and we are therefore to pray unceasingly, confident in God’s desire to respond.