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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10
Mark 3:1-6

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the all-powerful name of the lord

"You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the Lord." —1 Samuel 17:45

The giant Goliath came against David with spear, sword, and scimitar. However, the youth David came against Goliath with something infinitely more powerful: the name of the Lord. The battle belonged to the Lord (1 Sm 17:47), and God's name was victorious.

Many giants today likewise attempt to dominate us who serve the Lord. These present-day giants might say something like "I come against you with funding, a powerful legal team, and public opinion," or "I come against you with threats, popularity, and ridicule." As members of the army of God, let us imitate David. We are God's servants, and we are in a battle. The battle belongs to the Lord, and we do not fight with worldly weapons. But we do fight, with fingers trained for war (Ps 144:1). We use the weapons of God (Eph 6:10-20), and no weapon fashioned against us shall stand (Is 54:17). Our war-trained fingers ply the rosary beads, and this weapon has won many battles and has toppled many giants over the centuries.

In fact, this teaching is being written in Church after morning Mass. A group of intercessors is praying the rosary after Mass for pro-life causes. Today is the 47th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States. These intercessors have faithfully fought for years against the giant of the pro-abortion culture. May we all fight giants in the name of the Lord, and share in the glorious victory of the name of the Lord.

Prayer:  Father, strengthen me to "fight the good fight" with full confidence and no fear (see 2 Tm 4:7).

Promise:  "Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, Who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war." —Ps 144:1

Praise:  Louise is a member of a group of intercessors who faithfully gather weekly to pray.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 2, 2019

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