Daily Readings Audio | Daily Meditation | October 14, 2019 – October 20, 2019

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October 14, 2019

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Optional Memorial Saint Callistus I, pope and martyr

In the first reading, Paul introduces himself and his message to the community of Rome. He calls himself an Apostle and tells them that the Gospel is available to all the Gentiles, including them. In the Gospel, Jesus tells the crowd that this generation is an evil generation because the people are seeking a sign from Jesus, but it has already been given to them.

We may seek signs to believe, but Jesus says the signs have already been given.

The crowds are asking for more signs to believe, but if the Ninevites can believe from Jonah’s preaching, then this generation should believe when Jesus is speaking. Jesus is the Son of God before them, and before us today, calling us all to repentance. No signs are necessary – only faith. Let us pray: Lord God, you hear our prayers before we can even speak a word. Hear now the needs of your faithful people gathered here. We ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 467

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Reading 1 Rom 1:1-7

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,
which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh,
but established as Son of God in power
according to the Spirit of holiness
through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
to bring about the obedience of faith,
for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1bcde, 2-3ab, 3cd-4

R.(2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Alleluia Ps 95:8

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If today you hear his voice,
    harden not your hearts.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:29-32

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Callistus I, please go here.

 

October 15, 2019

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Obligation memorial Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and doctor of the Church.

Saint Paul describes the effects of exchanging the truth of God for a lie, of worshipping creation instead of our Creator. In the Gospel, Jesus responds to the Pharisees who are amazed he does not observe ritual washing: The outside may be clean, but inside is full of plunder and evil.

The power of the Gospel is for our salvation

Today’s readings describes the struggle for wisdom and purity; the struggle between placing God first in our lives and giving thanks to him for all we have, and the temptation to exchange the truth of God for a lie. We sometimes lose sight of our maker and move from the wisdom of what God has revealed to impurity of thought and action. But the power of the Gospel is for our salvation – and those with faith will live. Let us pray:  God of wisdom, we offer you these prayers today with hearts full of gratitude for all you give. Teach us to trust in you and to allow you to guide us in all we do. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 468

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Reading 1 Rom 1:16-25

Brothers and sisters:
I am not ashamed of the Gospel.
It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:
for Jew first, and then Greek.
For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith;
as it is written, “The one who is righteous by faith will live.”

The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven
against every impiety and wickedness
of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
For what can be known about God is evident to them,
because God made it evident to them.
Ever since the creation of the world,
his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity
have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.
As a result, they have no excuse;
for although they knew God
they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks.
Instead, they became vain in their reasoning,
and their senseless minds were darkened.
While claiming to be wise, they became fools
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God
for the likeness of an image of mortal man
or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes.

Therefore, God handed them over to impurity
through the lusts of their hearts
for the mutual degradation of their bodies.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie
and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator,
who is blessed forever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm PS 19:2-3, 4-5

R.(2a) The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

Alleluia Heb 4:12

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The word of God is living and effective,
    able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:37-41

After Jesus had spoken,
a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home.
He entered and reclined at table to eat.
The Pharisee was amazed to see
that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal.
The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees!
Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish,
inside you are filled with plunder and evil.
You fools!
Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?
But as to what is within, give alms,
and behold, everything will be clean for you.”

For the readings of the Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, please go here.

 

October 16, 2019

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Saint Hegwid

Optional memorial Saint Hedwig, religious; Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin

In the first reading, Saint Paul writes that Jews and Greeks alike will be judged, each according to their individual works. He warns again passing judgment on others. In the Gospel, Jesus reproaches the Pharisees and scholars who pay tithes but pay no attention to loving God, and who impose burdens on others.

A just judgment awaits all who are faithful to God.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

Today’s Scriptures provide some stern words about hypocrisy: for example how following the hollow details of the law, void of love and compassion, is like being an unmarked grave upon which people unwittingly walk bout. But in the midst of these words is the good-news reminder that God is the one who judges, and that just judgment awaits all who obey his truth and persevere in good works. Let us pray: Father of all, hear our petitions and grant them as you see fit. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 469

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Reading 1 Rom 2:1-11

You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,
since you, the judge, do the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true.
Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things
and yet do them yourself,
that you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience
in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God
would lead you to repentance?
By your stubbornness and impenitent heart,
you are storing up wrath for yourself
for the day of wrath and revelation
of the just judgment of God,
who will repay everyone according to his works,
eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality
through perseverance in good works,
but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth
and obey wickedness.
Yes, affliction and distress will come upon everyone
who does evil, Jew first and then Greek.
But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone
who does good, Jew first and then Greek.
There is no partiality with God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 62:2-3, 6-7, 9

R.(13b) Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.
Only in God is my soul at rest;
from him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.
R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.
Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.
Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!
R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.

Alleluia Jn 10:27

Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:42-46

The Lord said:
“Woe to you Pharisees!
You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb,
but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.
These you should have done, without overlooking the others.
Woe to you Pharisees!
You love the seat of honor in synagogues
and greetings in marketplaces.
Woe to you!
You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply,
“Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.”
And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law!
You impose on people burdens hard to carry,
but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Hedwig, please go here.

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque, please go here.

 

October 17, 2019

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Obligation memorial Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop Martyr.

Paul writes to the Romans that all have sinned and none can be saved by the works of the law. Rather, God chose to save us by forgiving our sins through the redemption in Christ Jesus. In the Gospel, Jesus condemns the scholars of the law and compares the Apostles to the prophets, who were rejected in their time.

It is not the law that saves, but rather faith in Jesus Christ.

When God sent his Son into the world, it was to reconcile us to himself. We are not saved as a reward for good behavior; we are saved because God chooses to forgive our sins. God is continually calling us to himself, and through faith we have the eyes to see how he is acting in our lives. Let us pray: heavenly Father, you who have called us to yourself and desire all that is good for us. Hear the prayers we bring before you today and grant them according to your holy will. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
Lectionary: 470

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Reading 1 Rom 3:21-30

Brothers and sisters:
Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,
though testified to by the law and the prophets,
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ
for all who believe.
For there is no distinction;
all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.
They are justified freely by his grace
through the redemption in Christ Jesus,
whom God set forth as an expiation,
through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousness
because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed,
through the forbearance of God–
to prove his righteousness in the present time,
that he might be righteous
and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.

What occasion is there then for boasting?  It is ruled out.
On what principle, that of works?
No, rather on the principle of faith.
For we consider that a person is justified by faith
apart from works of the law.
Does God belong to Jews alone?
Does he not belong to Gentiles, too?
Yes, also to Gentiles, for God is one
and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith
and the uncircumcised through faith.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 130:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab

  1. (7) With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
    Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
    LORD, hear my voice!
    Let your ears be attentive
    to my voice in supplication.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
    If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
    Lord, who can stand?
    But with you is forgiveness,
    that you may be revered.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
    I trust in the LORD;
    my soul trusts in his word.
    My soul waits for the LORD
    more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

Alleluia Jn 14:6

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
    no one comes to the Father except through me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:47-54

The Lord said:
“Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets
whom your fathers killed.
Consequently, you bear witness and give consent
to the deeds of your ancestors,
for they killed them and you do the building.
Therefore, the wisdom of God said,
‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles;
some of them they will kill and persecute’
in order that this generation might be charged
with the blood of all the prophets
shed since the foundation of the world,
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah
who died between the altar and the temple building.
Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!
Woe to you, scholars of the law!
You have taken away the key of knowledge.
You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”
When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees
began to act with hostility toward him
and to interrogate him about many things,
for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.

For the readings of the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, please go here.

 

October 18, 2019

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Saint Luke, evangelist, feast

In the first reading, Paul describes the hardships he has recently endured, with only Luke by his side. In the Gospel, Jesus sends out 72 disciples to towns he intends to visit, instructing them on how to conduct themselves during this mission.

Let us strive to be faithful witnesses to Christ.

As Christians, there are concrete things we can do to faithfully witness to Christ. These practical things are outlined in the Gospel today: Be a person of peace; wish well for others, not ill; don’t complain but graciously receive what others offer you; accept hospitality; don’t let restlessness keep you from persevering. Saint Luke, whose feast we celebrate today, models these and other Christian virtues. Let us pray: father, we entrust our prayers to you knowing that you hear us and give us what we need. Grant these and all petitions. Amen.

Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist
Lectionary: 661

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Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b

Beloved:
Demas, enamored of the present world,
deserted me and went to Thessalonica,
Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
Luke is the only one with me.
Get Mark and bring him with you,
for he is helpful to me in the ministry.
I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,
the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments.

Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;
the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
You too be on guard against him,
for he has strongly resisted our preaching.

At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf,
but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
so that through me the proclamation might be completed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18

R.(12)  Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

Alleluia See Jn 15:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I chose you from the world,
    to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 10:1-9

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter,
first say, ‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”

 

October 19, 2019

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Obligation memorial USA: Saint John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues,
Priests and Companions, Martyrs.

In the first reading, Saint Paul lifts up Abraham and as example of how righteousness from God must come through faith rather than the law. In the Gospel, Jesus claims that all who acknowledge or deny him he will treat accordingly. He also states that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

The Spirit will be faithful to all who strive to remain with Jesus.

Abraham was a model of faith as he hoped against hope in God’s promise. He trusted, and believed. The faith of Abraham is the same faith we are given as gift by God. Exercising that faith, growing that faith, and living that faith is our choice, but requires that we be open to God’s grace. This grace enables us to acknowledge Jesus before others, remain faithful in tribulation and trust the Holy Spirit to provide what is needed. Let us pray: Father, we thank you for receiving our prayers, and we ask that you grant them according to your holy will. Amen.

Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests,
and Companions, Martyrs

Lectionary: 472

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Reading 1 Rom 4:13, 16-18

Brothers and sisters:
It was not through the law
that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants
that he would inherit the world,
but through the righteousness that comes from faith.
For this reason, it depends on faith,
so that it may be a gift,
and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,
not to those who only adhere to the law
but to those who follow the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of all of us, as it is written,
I have made you father of many nations.
He is our father in the sight of God,
in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead
and calls into being what does not exist.
He believed, hoping against hope,
that he would become the father of many nations,
according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43

R.(8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations –
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
For he remembered his holy word
to his servant Abraham.
And he led forth his people with joy;
with shouts of joy, his chosen ones.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Alleluia Jn 15:26b, 27a

Alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord,
and you also will testify.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
everyone who acknowledges me before others
the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others
will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

For the readings of the Memorial of Saints John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, please go here.

 

October 20, 2019

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In the first reading, Moses needs help in keeping his hands raised so that Joshua will be victorious. Saint Paul reminds Timothy to remain faithful to what he has learned. In the Gospel, Jesus uses the parable of the persistent widow to remind the disciples to pray always without becoming wearing.

Perseverance in prayer and fidelity to God’s ways lead us to the kingdom.

Endurance runners need a great deal of perseverance. They cannot expend all their energy at the beginning or they won’t be able to complete the race. Nor can they run the race without the proper training, fuel and clear direction as to the route. We, too, need a tremendous amount of perseverance to run a race of good faith. Prepared by Sacraments, fueled by grace and headed toward Jesus, we can reach the kingdom. Let us pray: Ever-present Father, guide our every step. Grant us the desire and perseverance we need to arrive safely home to you. Amen.

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 147

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Reading 1 Ex 17:8-13

In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel.
Moses, therefore, said to Joshua,
“Pick out certain men,
and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle.
I will be standing on top of the hill
with the staff of God in my hand.”
So Joshua did as Moses told him:
he engaged Amalek in battle
after Moses had climbed to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur.
As long as Moses kept his hands raised up,
Israel had the better of the fight,
but when he let his hands rest,
Amalek had the better of the fight.
Moses’hands, however, grew tired;
so they put a rock in place for him to sit on.
Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands,
one on one side and one on the other,
so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
And Joshua mowed down Amalek and his people
with the edge of the sword.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

R.(cf. 2)  Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
I lift up my eyes toward the mountains;
whence shall help come to me?
My help is from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
May he not suffer your foot to slip;
may he slumber not who guards you:
indeed he neither slumbers nor sleeps,
the guardian of Israel.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
The LORD is your guardian; the LORD is your shade;
he is beside you at your right hand.
The sun shall not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
The LORD will guard you from all evil;
he will guard your life.
The LORD will guard your coming and your going,
both now and forever.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Reading 2 2 Tm 3:14-4:2

Beloved:
Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed,
because you know from whom you learned it,
and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures,
which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is inspired by God
and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction,
and for training in righteousness,
so that one who belongs to God may be competent,
equipped for every good work.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
who will judge the living and the dead,
and by his appearing and his kingly power:
proclaim the word;
be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.

Alleluia Heb 4:12

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The word of God is living and effective,
    discerning reflections and thoughts of the heart.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.'”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”