(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, July 9, 2017)
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A
Summer is here! And it's just so good to enjoy longer days and brighter evenings. At the same time, the prospect of another summer under the shadow of our children expose to all kind of temptations and the hurricane season cast a dark cloud over our joy. We need to listen carefully to the first reading from Zechariah. It can refresh our spirits. The vision of the King of Peace coming to abolish all fighting is a cause for hope. And, of course, it's more than a dream, since we are children of the Covenant. God has promised us a time of peace, joy and happiness. We must never give up on the dream.
After all, our country was founded on a dream. Otherwise, we would not be celebrating the Fourth of July. Their dream is very like God's dream, His Providence. We are all entitled to be dreamers. We must never give up hope that God's dream of peace will come true. It's His plan! That dream must impact the lives of Virgin Islanders.
How do we help make His plan come true? By living in the Spirit as our second reading explains. As members of Christ, every good individual action strengthens the whole body. We need to faithfully pray for peace, respond with serene charity to the many frustrations in our lives and influence others to do the same. Living in the Spirit will reduce our tendencies to "live in the flesh," which includes greed, lust and a habit of decision-making based on material gain. To live in the Spirit brings life—so why allow ourselves to be chained to the flesh?
Is living in the Spirit that burden we fear? Jesus tells us in the Gospel that His burden is really light! So, the question is: can I make "living in the Spirit" His burden? If we can, then it is no burden at all! All we have to do is to pay attention to Jesus, pray to Jesus and let Him guide our hands and our hearts.
"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will refresh you."
How caring is our God!
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor
PRAYER FOR CIVIL LEADERS
Divine Father, You are the source of all life and authority. Help those who are in authority within government to realize that they have received the gift of authority from You, so that they will be good servants of their people and faithful stewards of Your gifts, particularly Your gift of human life. Give them wisdomand prudence to know how to protect human life from conception until natural death. Grant them the courage to ward off any evil forces which threaten the gift of life. Help them to nurture and support human life through just laws and sound programs. Give them the humility to acknowledge their failings and seek Your guidance, help and strength. We ask this in Jesus’ name, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAELSaint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, 0 Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.