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Luke 18:1-8 in the Catechism

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Looking for possible homily themes on the Parable of the Widow and the Judge? The Catechism gives one a variety of possibilities. Luke 18:1-8 is referenced in some interesting paragraphs of the Catechism. Here is a run through of these paragraphs…

In paragraph 2613, the parable is mentioned in the group of parables on prayer that Luke has handed on to us.  There, we find it described as a parable "centered on one of the qualities of prayer:  it is necessary to pray always without ceasing".   In paragraph 2573, it is mentioned along with the account of Jacob wrestling with the angel at the river Jabbok (Gen. 32:24-30).  In explaining this wrestling match, the catechism continues:  "From this account, the spiritual tradition of the Church has retained the symbol of prayer as a battle of faith and as a triumph of perseverance."  The connection between prayer and that of perseverance is based on Luke 18:8  "I say to you, he (God) will avenge them (the chosen ones who cry out to him day and night) quickly."  The scenario that is contemplated here is that of the Church’s final struggle in the last days.  In paragraph 675, the catechism gives a description of this with a reference to Luke 18:8.

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers (cf Luke 18:8; Mt. 24:12)  The persecution that ac companies her pilgrimage on earth (cf. Luke 21:12; Jn. 15:19-20) will unveil the mystery of iniquity in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.  The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichirist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his messiah come in the flesh (cf. 2 Thess. 2:4-12; 1 Thess. 5:2-3; 2 Jn. 7; 1 Jn 2:18,22)

Finally, in paragraph 2098, the Catechism  directly quotes Luke 18:1 in declaring that "the acts of faith, hope and love enjoined by the first commandment are accomplished in prayer."

Update: October 13, 2010

A translation in Filipino of the above paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is now avaiable at “Biblya Tagala”. Please visit this page.

Originally posted 2007-10-15 22:05:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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