When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words.
Whoever conceals an offense promotes love,
but whoever gossips about it separates friends.
And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’
John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife!”
They said, “What is this He is saying,‘A little while’? We don’t know what He’s talking about!”
Although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her.
“From the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah, until this very day—23 years—the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you time and time again, but you have not obeyed.
“The words of Jonadab, son of Rechab, have been carried out. He commanded his sons not to drink wine, and they have not drunk to this very day because they have obeyed their ancestor’s command. But I have spoken to you time and time again, and you have not obeyed Me!
They have turned their backs to Me and not their faces. Though I taught them time and time again, they do not listen and receive discipline.
After leaving them, He went away again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more.
Once again He went away and prayed, saying the same thing.
Then the man went to the other and said the same thing.“‘I will, sir,’ he answered. But he didn’t go.
But the disciples were astonished at His words. Again Jesus said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a protection for you.
He prayed to the Lord: “Please, Lord, isn’t this what I said while I was still in my own country? That’s why I fled toward Tarshish in the first place. I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to become angry, rich in faithful love, and One who relents from sending disaster.
When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to ridicule him. But others said, “We’d like to hear from you again about this.”
The people stood watching, and even the leaders kept scoffing: “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One!”
He continues to stumble.
Indeed, each falls over the other.
They say, “Get up! Let’s return to our people
and to the land of our birth,
away from the sword that oppresses.”
Then He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and began to pray,