October is a month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary
Deacon George’s Homily for 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today’s Gospel tells us how a widow’s perseverance wins the day. According to the tradition of Israel, a judge was expected to be impartial, except for three groups of people – the widow, the orphan and the stranger. This was because these groups of people lived in the absence of family love and support. They were vulnerable people living in a society where influence and money talked. A judge was expected to be partial to them and champion their cause to ensure their rights. Their religious law stated: “if you ill-treat them in any way and they make an appeal to me for help, I shall certainly hear their appeal, my anger will be roused and I shall put you to the sword. (Exodus 20:22-23)…..