What you are reading was written a little over a week ago. It was just a few days from the summer solstice. July remained a few days in the future. Preparations for Independence Day celebrations were in full swing and ribs were on sale at Shop-rite.
Several days prior, a prayer came my way. I’ve adapted it slightly to make it applicable beyond the order of religious for which it was composed..
Deliver us, O God from any hesitation to take a stand for justice.
May we never run from our responsibility to you.
In You, O God, we find the strength to confront the forces of evil,
the courage to stand firm and speak Your truth no matter what the cost.
You are our way, our truth and our life, our integrity forever.
Holy are You, O Blessed Indwelling, now and forever.
We ask this through Jesus in whose name we claim our identity and mission.
Several of the action words in this prayer were so powerful i decided to use them to end this week’s liturgical notes.
I paused and reconsidered when I got to the next one
Stand, confront, courage and speak are certainly not warm and fuzzy.
They’re kind of revolutionary.
“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart.
Blessed to be in ministry at St. Mary’s