Saturday, June 20, 2015

St. Paul’s Cycle of Prayer: Saturday for the Green Team and for all Creation, for our ministries to Seniors,  and for all on our Parish prayer list.

You can find links to online versions of the Daily Offices HERE

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The above prayer for “Social Justice” has been on my heart and lips since Wednesday. “Suspicions disappear and hatreds cease”. Racism is a sin that continues to plague our nation. Why is it still so prevalent? What drives this hate? Why do we teach our children to hate, or to look down upon, those of other ethnicity? How can any follower of Jesus Christ ever utter hate speech toward another human simply based on their nationality or skin color? Just last Sunday we heard St. Paul say we no longer look at others from a human point of view – as Christians, can we not just start there? Teach that? Live that?

May we live in justice and peace but first may divisions be healed and hatred cease.