Prayers for Our Country and Ourselves


Today at Mass, Father’s homily reflected on today’s gospel (Luke 9:51-56) where we are told of Jesus’ determination to reach Jerusalem. Taking the unprecedented route through the ‘enemy country’ of the Samaritans, Jesus was extending a hand of friendship, letting them know by His presence that He came to save everyone – even them.

“but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.”

Jesus rebuked them, He would not permit revenge to cloud their mission.

How poignant a gospel in light of yesterday’s horror in Las Vegas. I have no answers for even my own children except to remind them that God remains faithful and merciful. May we continue to pray, especially as we approach the 100th Anniversary of Fatima, that peace come upon the whole world.


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