(29th Sunday Ordinary Time C)
St. Paul said, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tm 3:14-4:2
So it just might make us wonder what holding Moses’ hands up in order to “mow” the Amaleks has to do with anything “good,” as we read in the First Scripture reading today.
Well, the hidden key to all the Scriptures today is the word “persistence.” In order for the Israelites to win the battle, Moses had to be persistent. And even when his arms could no longer hold those hands up – Moses had a community to help him STAY persistent –
by holding his arms up themselves!
“As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight. Moses’ hands, however, grew tired; so they put a rock in place for him to sit on. Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other,” Ex 17:8-13
St. Paul exhorted Timothy to “Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed,“
2 Tm 3:14-4:2 So we are to persevere in our faith and persist in our prayer.
(Link to homily on Persistence and Perseverance).
In the Gospel today, Jesus tells a parable about an “dishonest” judge who was persistently pestered by a woman who wanted justice. The judge finally responded: “because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her” Lk 18:1-8
So our Whisper for today is the word Persistence.
Persistence in prayer, that the Will of God be done in all things,
will always bear results, beloved!
Trust in Jesus!
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