There is no more poignant passage in the Gospels than the question Jesus asks in Luke 18:8, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on the earth?”
Sandwiched between two parables on prayer, the parable of the unjust judge accosted by the persistent widow and the parable of the self-righteous Pharisee and the penitent publican, Jesus emphasizes the necessity of humility and faithful perseverance in prayer. But his question also implies a negative answer. Difficulties, persecutions, the temptations of the world -- all make apostasy, even mass apostasy, a real possibility. How many will faithfully persist to the end? Will the Son of Man on his return find anybody awaiting him? Jesus asks a real question; the answer is uncertain.
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