Do No Grow Weary

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In today's Gospel reading from Luke 18, "Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary." He then goes on to tell a story about a woman who continually pesters a dishonest judge for a decision.

In the first reading from Exodus 17, Moses is praying for the Israelite army as they do battle. When Moses' hands are raised, Israel gets the better of the fight. But when Moses grows weary and drops his hands, Amalek gets the better of the fight. So Aaron and Hur help Moses, holding up his hands. In the end, Israel is victorious.

Jesus reminds us not to grow weary in prayer. But sometimes we do. I know there are times when I'm just running on fumes, spiritually. And I depend on others - my wife, my friends, my listeners - for their support. And I hope that when others grow weary, I can be like Aaron and Hur for them, holding them up in prayer when they are struggling. If you're growing weary, ask someone for help. And if you know someone growing weary, be strength for them.

Father, may we always be persistent in prayer. And when we are weary, send someone to our aid, and keep us always mindful of those who need our help. Amen.

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