Oct. 17, 2010 – Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Whatever people reacted when they heard Jesus teaching, they never thought he was boring. Indeed, he often upset them, because he spoke in ways that overturned their conventional ideas about God and proper human behavior.
One example is the Parable of the Dishonest Steward (Luke 16) that was read a few weeks ago, where Jesus seems at first to praise the steward for his dishonesty. Another example can be found in the Gospel from Luke 18, the Parable of the Persistent Widow, which is read today. Isn’t Jesus making a comparison between God and the unjust judge who doesn’t care about right and wrong but only his own peace and quiet?