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This week’s gospel finds Jesus teaching us with a parable that some scholars call the Parable of the Persistent Widow. It starts this way:

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was not a judge who feared God nor cared what people thought.  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

In his reflection this week Fr. Greg Friedman calls this a story with a twist as he borrows an idea from scripture scholar Sister Barbara Reid:

Scripture scholar [Dominican Sister] Barbara Reid suggests that we might see the widow as the hero of the story, and as an image of God.

This got me to thinking about the various images of God, we have created for ourselves. In the Hebrew Scriptures, God is usually a voice or in the case of Moses, he meets God as a burning bush. Muslims consider any depiction of God or for that matter, the prophet as prohibited.

Christians however, have no such prohibition. Images of the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit abound.

A question to ponder in the homily this weekend might well be “what is our image of God?”

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