St. Paul’s rejection in Athens reminds us that we, too, will encounter mocking and ridicule for our faith in Christ. When it happens may we recall that we are in good company! Just remember: we never know how a single a word we say can lift someone up and lead them to the Lord.
Don’t give up. Don’t. Give. Up. The Scriptures today show us the need to be persistent, call upon one another for help and keep praying each and every day for what we need. Keep fighting, keep moving forward…but don’t give up!
We often tell loved ones to “hang in there” when the going gets tough. God provides us with strength for the journey, and we see examples of this in the readings this week:
1st Reading – Aaron and Hur support Moses as he prays during a battle.
Psalm – “Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
2nd Reading – Timothy is encouraged to “remain faithful to what you have learned and believed.”
Gospel – Jesus offers the parable of the persistent widow who confronts the dishonest judge.
Let’s face it: sometimes life is hard! In these moments we discover strength within us that we never knew before, but we also come to recognize how we need help from the Lord and those around us.
And while no one likes difficulty, it is often through our persistence in the face of obstacles that we grow and mature. Challenges can become opportunities in which we exercise our will to continue. Like athletes who train with weights, the resistance we face helps us become strong.
As you ponder these readings and consider the challenges of life, give some thought to these points:
Is there something hard in my life that I need to face?
Are there people in my life who will support me in the midst of challenges?
Are the people I am called to support in their challenges?
Do I pray every day for myself and others to face difficulties with God’s grace?
In the midst of tough times God is present with grace, wisdom and strength. May we call upon the Lord as we face our challenges today with persistence.
The Lord’s teaching can inspire us to get going even when we are tired, distracted, worried or afraid. Be persistent! Remember, Jesus wouldn’t teach it unless he was there to walk with us every step of the way.
In our best moments we know that we are works in progress – people growing through the ups and downs of life – and that we have to follow directions because some assembly is required. May we trust in the Lord to lead us through this life as we follow with all our heart.
The Lord offers a couple of examples to highlight the crucial need to be persistent in prayer. May these words inspire us every day to open our hearts to the Lord as we ask for what we need to grow in faith, hope and love.
What gives you the strength to keep going, to persevere when opposition seems overwhelming? The Canaanite woman in the Gospel of Matthew offers us an example of persistence in faith as we follow the Lord in challenging times.