Lord, your gospel today vividly describes the turmoil, division and suffering that results from a kingdom, a people, or a country which is divided against itself.
“If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand”. Mk 3,24-25.
Every generation has its own challenges which look like repeats of terrible times of division in ages past. In the midst of such a maelstrom, challenges to peace may appear unsolvable.
“How long, oh Lord, must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?” -Psalm 13
My heavenly Father, please help me to understand and empathize with those with whom I disagree. Help all your sons and daughters find a way to open windows of patience, tolerance, mutual agreement and trust.
“Be still, and know that I am God” Ps 46
While these are national and global issues, the only thing I know I can control is myself. At prayer and throughout my day, I will listen harder to Your wisdom and guidance. I will strive to guide others to your presence and love. And I will seek the peace you grant to people of good will.
Ray Alonzo is the father of three children, grandfather of two, and husband to Jan for over 45 years. He is a USN Vietnam Veteran, and a 1969 graduate of Mother of Good Counsel Passionist Prep Seminary. Ray currently serves on the Passionist Alumni Council.