Lift up those weary arms!

Reflection for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Associate Director, Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our October 14th newsletter


Sometimes the Sunday scripture readings are in very clear alignment in support of a theme or teaching. This Sunday is one of those times. With help from friends, Moses is able to keep his hands raised in prayer until Joshua wins the battle against Amalek; Paul instructs Timothy “…be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient…”; Jesus narrates a parable to illustrate the necessity “to pray always without becoming weary.”

The contexts of the readings from Exodus and Luke reinforce the message of Paul that persistence is needed even more when it is “inconvenient,” when the going gets tougher. Moses assumes responsibility to keep his hands raised until the battle is won, but he grows tired. Haven’t we all grown weary of continually beseeching God to intervene in a painful personal situation or in our deeply troubled country and world, yet nothing seems to change for the better? Haven’t we felt like the persistent widow demanding “a just decision” from the unscrupulous judge? But neither Moses nor the widow gave up. Moses persisted with help from others. The widow persisted, convinced of the justice of her cause.

It is easy to pray when it is “convenient”—when I’m not distracted or anxious, when the weather is beautiful and I’m in a peaceful place. More often than not, however, outer or inner clamor distracts or disturbs me. I grow weary of calling on God to heal sick friends and to render just outcomes in very unjust situations. Like Moses, I rely on support and encouragement of friends and co-workers to keep me steady. Like the widow, I must be sure of the justice of my cause—the cause of people in poverty and pain caused by unjust systems—and be persistent “whether it is convenient or inconvenient.” I must trust that God does listen and is with me, with us, in the struggle.

Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF
FAN Associate Director

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