M. Rebecca creatively interprets the first reading and the Gospel for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary time. It boils down to this: what we pray for we must desire passionately and that we must pray. The nagging woman in the Gospel was passionately seeking justice and truth and she persisted in her prayer.
October 20, 2013
Ex 17:8-13; Lk 18:1-8
Today’s first reading gives a wonderful image of intercessory prayer. At first glance we can rejoice with how we can support each other in and through our prayers. But as we look closer we realize that (Hey!) Moses’ prayer is that his enemies be slaughtered and “mowed down”! We need to be cautious in how we interpret this model that Exodus presents, especially in today’s world with so much violence and terrorism associated with religious beliefs…or more accurately ‘misbeliefs”. (Unfortunately, even our own Christian heritage has had its periods of violence.) If taken literally, Moses’ model of prayer is dangerous. So let us take a further look.