The Lord is our guardian, beside us at our right hand, interceding for us in all our spiritual battles.
In todays Psalm were told to lift our eyes to the mountains, that our help will come from Mount Zion and the Templethe dwelling of the Lord who made heaven and earth.
Joshua and the Israelites, in todays First Reading, are also told to look to the hilltops. They are to find their help therethrough the intercession of Mosesas they defend themselves against their mortal foes, the Amalekites.
Notice the image: Aaron and Hur standing on each side of Moses, holding his weary arms so that he can raise the staff of God above his head. Moses is being shown here as a figure of Jesus, who also climbed a hilltop, and on Mount Calvary stretched out His hands between heaven and earth to intercede for us against the final enemysin and death (see 1 Corinthians 15:26).
By the staff of God, Moses bested Israels enemies (see Exodus 7:812; 8:12), parted the Red Sea (see Exodus 14:16) and brought water from the Rock (see Exodus 17:6).
The Cross of Jesus is the new staff of God, bringing about a new liberation from sin, bringing forth living waters from the body of Christ, the new Temple of God (see John 2:1921; 7:3739; 19:34; 1 Corinthians 10:4).
Like the Israelites and the widow in todays Gospel, we face opposition and injusticeat times from godless and pitiless adversaries.
We, too, must lift our eyes to the mountainsto Calvary and the God who will guard us from all evil.
We must pray always and not be wearied by our trials, Jesus tells us today. As Paul exhorts in todays Epistle, we need to remain faithful, to turn to the inspired Scripturesgiven by God to train us in righteousness.
We must persist, so that when the Son of Man comes again in kingly power, He will indeed find faith on earth.
Luke 18: 1-8
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.'” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, my Creator and Redeemer, everything good comes from you. You are the one source of peace and happiness. Thank you for bringing me into existence and insuring I received the inestimable gift of the faith. Thank you for accompanying me in every moment. I am grateful for your mercy and love and wish to respond more generously to you in my life.
Petition: Lord, allow me never to tire in my life of prayer.
Conversation with Christ: Christ Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life. Allow me to live a life completely dependent on you. Turn my prayer into a union of hearts, where I beg you for your love.
Resolution: I will make an act of humility before our Lord in the Eucharist.