The Widow and the Unjust Judge

The Widow and the Unjust Judge
Luke 18:1-8

A Modern Conversation

Around the world, almost 3 million women and allies marched on January 21, 2017.

Almost 3 million people were upset enough to take to the streets, wear pink hats and demand that their voices be heard.

In the following weeks, how many marched again?

“Once is not enough”, we hear the voice of the persistent widow say.

“When you speak truth to power you must repeat yourself,” echoes her voice.

“Real truth and real justice are not issues you can march for one time and then declare yourself done,” I imagine her saying.

“Be persistent, that’s the only way you will wear them down,” she nags.

“Push and then push some more!” she continues.

“Push—you mean get physical?” I wonder. “No!” comes the exasperated reply, “Push—pray until something happens! Be persistent, don’t give up.”

Sometimes we pray with our feet, sometimes we pray with loud voices, sometimes we pray in large groups, but however we pray, we must persist until something happens.

I reflect as I go back to knitting my pink hat.

Kathleen Cairnie-Sorensen, Toronto