Father James at Regina High School with the SJS alumni
Letters from a Pastor to His People- October 20, 2019
The Old Testament has so many great images of prayer, and particularly military images, which I like since I enjoy studying military history. The Books of Joshua and Judges are particularly interesting. For instance, there is Joshua's defeat of Jericho, which is done simply by having his army march around the outer walls seven times on seven consecutive days and then finally blowing a trumpet (cf. Joshua 6). Or the story of Gideon, who, with only three hundred soldiers carrying empty jars with torches inside them, defeats the Midianite army that was "as numerous as locusts" (Judges 7:12). In the first reading this Sunday we have the conquest of the Amalekites because Moses, overlooking the battle from a mountaintop, keeps his arms literally raised in the air.