Saturday 17 November 2018
St Elizabeth of Hungary.
3 John 5-8. Psalm 111(112):1-6. Luke 18:1-18.
Happy are those who fear the Lord – Psalm 111(112):1-6.
‘It is our duty to welcome people.’
If we listen to children we often hear phrases such as, ‘Oh come on, Mum’ and ‘Why can’t I, Dad?’ and ‘Oh please!’ And if we listen to parents you will hear a father say, ‘Go and ask your mother’, and a mother say, ‘Go and ask your father.’ And if the children keep asking, like the widow in the Gospel today, mothers and fathers can be heard to succumb in desperation to the pressure and sigh, ‘OK, OK’, as the judge did.
Of course, most parents do good things for their children without having to be pestered – and that is what God is like. Just as we are kind and generous and loving to the little ones, so God is with us.