In 1970, Paul Simon wrote The Boxer in response to criticism of his career as a singer/songwriter. The imagery in the song is powerful, as you see the painful journey of a boy who eventually becomes a man. It is no coincidence in how this song connects to today’s parable of the widow and the judge. The metaphor is that of a boxer, returning over and over to get justice over an adversary. The unidentified reason makes the parable that much more compelling and universal. Jesus uses this image to show the disciples, and us, how to pray to a loving God who never gives up on us, and who never wants us to give up on him.
This sermon was given on Sunday, August 9, 2020.