22PentC10/16/16Wrestling


 

Introduction:

Both the Old Testament (Gen. 32:22-31) and the Gospel (Luke 18:1-8) speak of characters wrestling.  Jacob with an anonymous man (angel?) and a dstraught widow with an uncaring judge.  Both struggle and both gain from their persistence.  Jesus encourages his first hearers to pray always and not to lose heart.  But there is another important lesson hidden in these texts:  the vital and life giving act of wrestling with God.  What might that mean for us today?