By The CLSP Team
Sunday’s Old Testament reading came from Exodus 17:
Amalek came and waged war against Israel in Rephidim.So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some men for us, and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be standing on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”Joshua did as Moses told him: He engaged Amalek in battle while Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of the hill.As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight.Moses’ hands, however, grew tired; so they took a rock and put it under him and he sat on it. Meanwhile, Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other, so that his hands remained steady until sunset.And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the sword.
Isn’t this a beautiful image? As long as Moses kept his hands raised in prayer, his men would stay ahead in the battle. When Moses began to give up, it was then that the Israelites would lose. Because he was human, Moses grew weary and tired. He couldn’t handle the task all by himself. But when that happened, he found he didn’t have to be alone. Aaron and Hur were there to assist him.
Hundreds of miles apart, in three different dioceses, in three different parishes with three priests who do not know one another, three of us from the CLSP team all heard almost the exact same sermon based on this reading. We don’t usually take time on a Sunday to discuss sermons because we’re too busy enjoying family time, but we all felt moved by the same thing. This battle for life and the part we play in helping parents and teachers educate our youth is too big and too important not to cover it in prayer. Every day. All day. And YOU play a huge part in our effort.
We all get so incredibly tired sometimes. We pray and we pray, yet oftentimes we don’t get the response from God that we want. It may sound scary, but we are in a battle every day for souls. Little souls and big souls. Building a culture of life is no small task. And fight as we may, sometimes it’s just not enough. We have to keep our gaze upon Christ. We all need Him and His mother now more than ever—and here at the CLSP we ask that you please hold us up in prayer often. And we promise to hold you in prayer as well. The devil and his ways are insidious, and he finds ways—both personally and professionally—to attack. It seems his attacks are more prominent right now for the CLSP team and we can only believe that is because we are doing something good.
Times like these are when we need help the most. We need someone to come in and hold our arms up high until we regain the strength to do it on our own. We need that community. And not only do we need that community to strengthen us, but we need to be part of that community to strengthen others, for building a culture of life means that we must hold others’ arms up too.
When we give up, when we let our arms down, we lose. We lose faith, we lose purpose, we lose Christ. We know, though it may be hard, we must persist. We must hold faithfully to the truth that God does indeed have a plan and that His plan is perfect.
So today and every day, we ask that you add CLSP to your daily prayers. Just as you hold others up, please hold us up as well. And when that weariness starts to take you over, or when you see it take over in our friends, grab a rock, prop yourself (or your friends) up, and say, “I’m here, Lord. I’m not giving up.” We aren’t giving up. Not now. Not ever. With God at the helm we will stand with you, and we will take this culture back.