God’s Righteous Justice

Readings for Sunday, October 16, 2022 — 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm 121:1-8; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • The reading from Exodus chronicles the victory of a small, besieged nation over an encroaching army with the help of God. How do we find the holy in a text that celebrates a leader and his people being “mowed down by the edge of the sword”?
  • Paul writes to Timothy that Scripture equips us “for every good work.” How does Scripture prepare us and “train us for righteousness?” How does this relate to the reading of Scripture at Mass?
  • In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the dishonest judge. The persistence and the ferocity with which the widow seeks justice from him finally cause him to grant it to her. What is Jesus teaching us about God, the merciful and loving judge? How are we to seek justice? What should we do when justice seems too difficult to obtain?