THE WICKED JUDGE
In the gospel about the wicked judge, Christ is teaching us how to
pray in a manner pleasing to God. His lesson is this: If
a wicked judge will grant you what you wish if you insist enough,
how much more God who is your loving Father in heaven.
Let us first look at the wicked judge and see what makes a man
wicked in the eyes of God. Firstly, because he has no fear of
God and, secondly, he has no regard for men. A man who sins is
said to have no fear of God. And yet, most who sin hide their
sins from men. They have regard for men. A truly
wicked man has no regard for men, i.e. he sins and doesn't care if
other men know about it.
Today, we live in a wicked age in that most people are not ashamed
of their sins; they go about flaunting their sins for all to see.
This is the height of wickedness. And while this is prevalent
among all men, it is common among judges in that they make decisions
without fear of God and without shame towards men. . .usually in
their desire to please other men or just themselves.
Now Christ said that if such wicked judges would grant what you
asked for in justice, as long as you insist, how much more God who
is most anxious to give you what you need.
The condition is clear, however, in that you must insist. Or
you must pray with insistence and attentiveness. To insist
does not mean to nag God for what you want. It means to pray
unceasingly. The Saints say that this is reciting the
so-called Divine Office. While beginners recite the 150 psalms
once a week, unceasing prayer would be to recite the 150 psalms once
a day. Unceasing prayer is to desire unceasingly to be with
God; it is unceasingly trying to find out God's will and unceasingly
obeying the will of God. Prayer is a whole way of life.
St. Thomas Aquinas