Wisdom of Solomon 18:14-16;19:6-9
14 For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone,15 thy all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land that was doomed, a stern warrior
16 carrying the sharp sword of thy authentic command, and stood and filled all things with death, and touched heaven while standing on the earth.
6 For the whole creation in its nature was fashioned anew, complying with thy commands, that thy children might be kept unharmed.7 The cloud was seen overshadowing the camp, and dry land emerging where water had stood before, an unhindered way out of the Red Sea, and a grassy plain out of the raging waves,8 where those protected by thy hand passed through as one nation, after gazing on marvelous wonders.9 For they ranged like horses, and leaped like lambs, praising thee, O Lord, who didst deliver them.
1 And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man;3 and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Vindicate me against my adversary.’
4 For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor regard man,5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.'”6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.7 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
THE BOOK OF SOLOMON recall the night when after four hundred and thirty years of oppression under the power of Pharaoh, the Israelites finally escape death when they passed through the Red Sea aided by Gods supernatural intervention! Notice the author use descriptive elements such as; doom and death, followed by heaven, cloud, overshadowed and water, that points to a new state of being.
The escape through the Red Sea is an episodic moment when the Hebrew people were “fashioned anew,” a typological depiction that prefigured the New Covenant “born anew” or baptism doctrine.Mt 3:11;Jn 3:1-36
St LUKE ENNUMERATE Jesus’ parable that tells the story of a desperate bothersome widow who despite her being cold-shouldered by a judge who could not care less about justice, refused to budge or walk away from pestering him untill he takes up her case!
Doom, danger, suffering, poverty and disappointment is at the door of all of us. Since baptism inaugurated our friendship in and through Christ Jesus, we are reminded to sing His praises and to continuesly place our hope, faith and trust in Him, especially during trails and tribulations. He watches over us which necessitate that we patiently spend quantity time in prayer with the hope and knowledge that by grace, we shall be vindicated and overcome our obstacles.
LET US PRAY: Psalms 105:2-3,36-37,42-43
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works!3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!36 He smote all the first-born in their land, the first issue of all their strength.
37 Then he led forth Israel with silver and gold, and there was none among his tribes who stumbled.42 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.43 So he led forth his people with joy, his chosen ones with singing.
Author. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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