(Twenty-Six Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 14:34
Our scriptural reference today says “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” For us Christians we must align ourselves with the words of George Washington “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” In a time when spiritual and moral structures are disintegrating, when the social order sets itself against the principle of justice and charity, when the economic structures only expand and multiply poverty, the religious circle is bedevilled by hypocrisy and scandals and when lack of agape love and mistrust are eroding human relationships, no word of truth deserves our attention more than this: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” According to Charles Hodge “These remarkable words assert the simple fact that spiritual and moral health is constructive and beneficial, that spiritual and moral sickness is destructive.” The degeneration, disintegration and demise of any and all people are inevitable if righteousness is abandoned. A nation or leadership devoid of righteousness must surely crumble. The fruit of righteous living blesses any nation. Beloved, we need to become prayer warriors for righteousness to reign in our nations again at this time. We are also like lawyers pleading the case before the Great Judge in heaven, saying, “Hear our cry, O Lord. Let there be righteousness in leadership and followership.” When we pray, those things done in secret will be brought to light! Not only do we want them exposed, but we want justice to prevail!
MASS: WHITE: Ezk. 18:25-28; Ps 25:4-5.6-7.8-9 (R.6a); Phil 2:1-11; AcclJn 10:27; Matt 21:28-32 OUR LADY QUEEN & PATRONESS OF NIGERIA (SOLEMNITY)
- Take the prayer by Joe Wright, “Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: “Woe to those who call evil good”, but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism. We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle. We have exploited the poor and called it lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses. We have institutionalized bribery and called it lobbing. We have coveted our neighbour’s possessions and called it business tricks. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honoured values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free in the name of Jesus-Amen”
Exercise: Pray the Divine Mercy Rosary for your nation
Memory Verse: Isaiah 5:20