Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:35-36
Today, our Lord brings to our consciousness the ugly conditions of God’s children all over the world and our inactivity about them. Think about the torments, tribulations, trials, terrible denials, and the taunting. Many are persecuted, many are deprived of what is due them because they are Christians. In fact, John L. Allen Jnr. calls it a global war against Christians and he listed out ten forms that this war is being meted out against Christians thus, “Societal discrimination, institutional discrimination, employment discrimination, legal discrimination, suppression of Christian missionary activities, suppression of conversion to Christianity, forced conversion from Christianity, suppression of corporate worship, violence against believers and community oppression.” All around us, cases of sad stories abound. A brother was given a lucrative job and was asked to sign a document to belong to a group before his appointment can be confirmed. Another brother, also being a victim of employment discrimination, was coerced into relinquishing his faith because of a job.” The most pertinent question therefore is what are we doing about these things? Today, the Lord demands from us a global prayer warfare against the war on Christians and to put up actions favouring common good. How can we really achieve this? It is for all Christians to put to work the gifts that God has given us and, hence, St. Paul charges us today in 2 Timothy 1:6, “…. rekindle the gift of God that is within you…”
More than ever, we have been challenged to do better than what we are doing now. We can stop this global war against the progress of the kingdom of God by seriously utilizing our gifts. Thus if you have a burden to pray, do not take it for granted, it is a call to duty. Take your evangelism assignment seriously; take the call to charity seriously. Establish systems and institutions that is devoid of any form of discrimination. St. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:11-13, “The gifts He gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelist, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry for the building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” Michael Moore posits, “No decision should ever be made without asking this question, is this for the common good.”
MASS: VIOLET Is 65: 17-21; Ps 30: 2. 4. 5-6. 11-12a. 13b (R.2a); Accl. Amos 5:14; Jn 4: 43-54
O Lord, make me conscious of the war against Christianity, and grant me an understanding of the spiritual fight I need to wage against this war.
Take the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, addressing in your prayers the different ills pointed out by St. Francis.