Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 20, 2019

Faith is not what you know is going to happen but what you trust will happen. Today’s parable is about the faith of a widow seeking justice from a judge.  She was persistent in her cause. There are many ways to interpret a parable. Today we ask, who am I in this parable. This parable is about power. Who has it and who does not? The judge had it. The woman did not. All she could do was demand justice over and over again. Many of us can relate to the woman. We have all been in a situation where we are at a disadvantage. We must also place ourselves in the shoes of the judge. We must recognise that we sometimes have power over others. We must use that power with justice in mind. As we read the parable, we see there is an assumption of corruption in the justice system. This goes back thousands of years. Bribes and discrimination towards the poor were common. We can see that still today. Prisons are filled with poor and uneducated people. The judge in the parable was a victim of the practice “No Justice, No Peace”. Protesters today make sure that justice is always on the forefront of people’s minds. It works. It is a constant struggle to expand rights to a broader group of people. We have made progress but there is still more work to do. Don’t doubt now. Faith never faints! We are NOT going back!