10/20/19 – And Yet, She Persists!

Posted on : Oct 17th, 2019 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Ann Hayman as our guest minster.  Dan will be on retreat with many members of our Congregation.

Ann is a long time friend and supporter of our congregation.  In 1980 she became the Founding Director of the Mary Magdalene Project which was a first-of-its-kind ministry of compassion and healing with women who were prostituted.  Our little corner of the world at Sunset and Martel was in the center of the female prostitution area of Hollywood.  For years our former pastor, Rev. Ross Greek, provided emergency shelter and care for women who were victimized by prostitution. In 1980 with a grant from Presbyterian Women, we began a residential program which was called “the Mary Magdalene Project.”  (For those of you who are new, we just want to clarify that Mary Magdalene of biblical fame was NOT a prostitute, but an outrageously courageous woman of her day.)  Ann was hired as the Director of that program. 

Ann is one of the most knowledgeable persons in America about the victimization and sexual abuse of women.  She is always funny and insightful!  Here is her reflection on this week’s scripture:

In this week’s gospel lesson, Jesus is telling us that virtue never pays and nice sucks!  Well, he is for sure telling us that persistent pestering and incessant bothering are behaviors that we should embrace and practice liberally, particularly when justice is involved.  We are talking scriptural mandates, to be sure.  Jesus is telling us to avoid the route of asking nicely and then waiting to see if we get results. Advocating for justice is messy work and a process that can be long, wearisome, and even frustrating. Yet we are not to lose heart but rather keep on praying, pestering, and persevering.  Having a sense of humor helps, too. 

Blessings,

Ann and Dan

 

Luke 18:1-8 

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.  Jesus said,

“In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people.  In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’  For a while the judge refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’”

 And Jesus said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God grant justice to God’s chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will God delay long in helping them?  I tell you, God will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Christ comes, will Christ find faith on earth?”

 

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