Our first reading from the book of Exodus is illuminating at so many levels. On the surface, this is a report of an ancient war, more of a tribal dispute really, between two minor peoples. But read with a sensitivity to the multivalence of the Biblical text, this report clues us in to the spiritual warfare that always obtains in a fallen world. We should expect a battle when we walk the path of Christ.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Exodus 17:8-13
Psalm – Psalm 121:1-8
Reading 2 – 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:2
Gospel – Luke 18:1-8