Your people awaited the salvation of the just and the destruction of their foes.
(pertaining to today’s first reading: Wisdom 18:6-9)
Don’t we all want a better world than the one we presently live in? Imagine the society of your dreams: complete with global peace, freedom from want and sickness, where no one is lonely and no harm is feared. While this is a lovely dream, the reality is what we have to work with. From here, most of us find ourselves hoping for something similar to what the Hebrews enslaved in Egypt wanted: a grand rescue for the just, a severe punishment for their enemies. It makes sense to seek this kind of justice in a generation that too often sees the just destroyed and their enemies victorious. It’s important to keep in mind another biblical injunction: God alone gets to judge who’s who and mete out the proper rewards and punishments. That activity isn’t in our hands. In the meantime, while we wait and work for a more just world, if we are indeed “the holy children of the good,” our task is to remain faithful to the God who desires a better world - even more than we do.
Let us pray:
In every season, Lord, we’re tempted to put our hearts where our treasure is, to link our happiness with material goods. Send your Spirit to call us out of the trap of equating wealth with mere resources. Give us the courage and the freedom to use our resources for the common good. Amen.
PRAYER FOR MERCY: Lord, help me to be as merciful to those who offend me as you are with me when I offend you.
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08/29/16 8:12 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, on Monday in a private audience in the Vatican.
A statement released by the Holy See Press Office said: “They spoke about how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and help deliver a message of hope, especially to those people who are most disadvantaged.”Read More
08/29/16 8:12 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message to Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on the occasion of the XIV Inter-Christian Symposium taking place in Thessalonika from 28-30 August.
Sponsored by the Franciscan Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical University Antonianum and the Department of Theology of the Orthodox Theological Faculty of the Aristoteles University of Thessalonika, the Symposium seeks to foster theological and cultural dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox. The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Need for a Re-evangelization of the Christian Communities in Europe.”Read More
08/28/16 10:05 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, the final Sunday in the month of August and the twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. In remarks to the pilgrims and tourists gathered in the Square ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel reading of the day, taken from the Gospel according to St. Luke (14:1, 7-14), in which Jesus dines as the guest of a leading Pharisee, and teaches a hard truth about pride and the Kingdom of God and issues a challenge to all present to focus their thoughts and order their actions to the promise of the Resurrection.
As often happens, Jesus taught the Gospel lesson through parables, the first of which regarded the behavior of guests at a banquet:Read More