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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

Octomber 21, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 17:8-13
Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The scriptures this weekend will examine the connection between prayer and faith.

We're always complaining that we prayed once for something and we didn't get it! God tells us today that praying for something once, just isn't enough!

We read in Exodus that the Israelites were battling against the Amalekites who were trying to stop them on their journey through the desert. At God's command, Moses went up a mountain and prayed with hands raised high. Fine! The Israelites prevailed over their enemies for a time.

After a while, Moses got tired and lowered his hands. Immediately Amalek and his army seemed to prevail. Aaron and Hur got a stone for Moses to sit on and stood on either side, helping keep his hands aloft. Because of their perseverance, the battle was won.

The message for us today is clear: We should never stop praying, even if we have to get our friends and community to help us persevere!

In the Gospel today, Jesus tells His disciples never to lose heart, even if we have to get a bit "pushy" with God. Put yourself in that judge's place! Wouldn't you get annoyed and maybe a little frightened at this obnoxious widow who keeps pestering for a favor? Of course, there's no question that she's in the right and he's in the wrong. When she finally wears him out, he gives in and grants her request.

Again, the message for us is very clear. God is inviting us to persist in our request until He gives in!

There's only one catch!

We have to have faith that He will answer us, and we have to try to outdo God in persistence, like the tug-o'-war game we played as kids. Only, in real life, God guarantees that He will be the first one to give in. Now there's an offer we can't refuse!

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore |
email: pwhitmore29(at)yahoo(dot)com

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