Saint for the day: Gerard Majella (1726 – 1755)
Exodus 17:8-13 – Psalm 121 – 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:2 – Luke 18:1-8
“The Lord said, ‘Pay attention … will not God secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?’” (Luke 18:7)
Before we even get in to today’s Liturgy we can see what our “bottom line” will be: from the story of Moses who needed the community to help him to keep his hands raised up in prayer for victory; then, in today’s Holy Gospel we hear the story of the persistent widow who won’t give up against the unjust judge. And just in case we’re a little dense St. Paul reiterates, “… proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient: convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2)
I think we’d be hard pressed to find an example of a saint who didn’t spend long hours in prayer while at the same time being able to do remarkable – and marvelous – good works! Be sure to “click” on the story of today’s “saint,” Gerard Majella to see what he was able to accomplish in his brief lifetime. Then we can easily see why the first of the “Four pillars of Dominican Spirituality” is “PRAYER!” If we don’t take time to come before our Lord in prayer how do we ever expect that He’d know who we are and what our needs are? The need for persistence in our prayer is clearly pointed out in the Exodus story of Moses needing the community to support him by holding up his hands. From our second scripture reading we get the second “Dominican pillar” which is study: “Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed … sacred Scriptures which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation.” (2 Timothy 3:14) Amen.