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Vol: 46, No.55 29TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) October 20 2019  
To you I call, for you shall surely heed me, O God; turn your ear to me; hear my words. Guard me as the apple of your eye; in the shadow of your wings protect me. (Ps 16:6, 8)
We can confidently say that whatever St Thérèse of Lisieux has achieved in her life has been through prayer. For her prayer is a surge of the heart and a simple look turned towards heaven. It is a cry of recognition and of love which embraces both trial and joy. St John Damascene conceives prayer similarly when he says that prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God. Today’s liturgy of the Word places before us situations where persistent prayer helps in obtaining positive results. In the battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites, Moses’ intercession obtained victory for the Israelites. The outstretched arms of Moses indicate prayer and supplication on behalf of the Israelites. The persistence of the widow prevailed over the unjust judge who settled the grievance of the woman for good. Jesus concludes that God will listen to the prayers of people who cry to him day and night. What is our attitude to prayer? Do we pray earnestly?
I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my
most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(An attack by the Amalekites leads to a battle between them and the Israelites. Once again the staff of God in the hands of Moses plays a role in giving the Israelites their victory).
A reading from the Book of Exodus

Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out, fight with Amalek; tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat upon it, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands
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