Here is part of our Old Testament reading for today: ‘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 were steady until the going down of the sun’.

This passage has sometimes been interpreted in relation to the role of intercession in the life of the Church; that is, prayer ‘holds up the hands of Moses’. This interpretation is also in keeping with the Gospel account of the widow who kept up her pleading before an unjust judge: ‘Because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming’.

So we need not be afraid to storm heaven for our various needs or those of others, or to support those in authority by our prayers. May God bless you.