Am I My Bother’s Keeper?

Luke 18:1-8 – The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost – for Sunday, October 16, 2016

“ . . . I don’t fear God or respect people, but I will give this widow justice because she keeps bothering me . . .” (Luke 18:4-5)

checkWhen reading Jesus’ parables from two millennia ago, I’m thankful for how they challenge me to live here and now.

I want to be like that woman who loses that coin, finds it, and rejoices. Help me rejoice with others, O God!

I want to be like that father racing, barelegged and knock-kneed, down the road to greet his younger son. Help me welcome and forgive others, O God!

I want to be like that Samaritan, gazing over the edge of the road and beyond the edge of prejudice, to see a fellow traveler. O God, help me provide support to all!

I want to be like that widow (Luke 18:1-8) who keeps coming back, and back again, to receive justice from a corrupt judge. O God, help me have the strength to bother others!

Help me: rejoice, forgive, support, and bother. Bother! Bother? Including bother with those other faithful verbs seems like those test questions where students must identify the word that didn’t belong. For example, which word below doesn’t fit with the others?

  • Square
  • Orange
  • Circle
  • Triangle

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