Close the Gap Between Us
Close the Gap Between Us
Jesus went from that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” ... Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour. (Matthew 15:21, 22, 28)
There is no doubt that division is right in front of us. It’s manifest in many ways and at various levels of our society, from democracy, to morality, and to civil law. Division has a power to distract us from what we ought to be. In the time like ours, we have to focus on what unites us rather than what divides us (Ephesians 4: 3-6) because what unites us is stronger that what divides us. For example, sticks in a bundle can’t be broken but sticks taken singly can be easily broken. Same applies to people. There is strength in union. Union is found in prayers, for Jesus said, “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) The fourth century Saint, Gregory of Nyssa, also said that prayer enables us to forget injuries, overcome envy, defeat injustice, and atone for sin. It also refreshes and comforts us and gives us delight and solace. "Prayer is intimacy with God and contemplation of the invisible.” So, the only way we can close the gap between us is prayer. We need to talk less and pray more! The road of less talk and more prayer brings more peace than destruction.
Dear God, this new day has dawned with this country more divided than it has been since the days of the Civil War. Half of your people are rejoicing while the other half are stunned and sore afraid. What divided us then continues to tear at the seams of the fabric of this nation. We are a United Divided States. Help us to remember that the experiment called democracy is not over; it is still being tested. After 240 years of existence, the final results are not yet in. We still have work to do. It stretches out before us, across wheat fields and deserts, from the mountains to the prairies, from sea to shining sea. In the midst of our sense of victory, help us to remember your call to us to love one another as you love us. In the midst of our sense of defeat, help us to remember that you still reign; you alone are worshiped; you alone are God. Help us to put aside our own feelings – jumbled and confused as they may be at the moment – in service of others, our families and friends and neighbors – here and around the world. Help us remember your high calling to us to be agents of forgiveness and reconciliation, love and peace, healing and hope in a world made dark by fear and hatred and brokenness. Help us to rebuild this nation by seeking out your image in the face of others, finding the best in us to serve those who are the least, the lost and the lonely. Help us to remember the words of one of your servants of old who reminded us that ‘perfect love casts out fear’. Help us perfect our love. We are your people. You know us by many names. You are our God. We know you by many names. May we find strength in our diversity and seek the courage to live into what is written on every piece of currency in this nation: In God we Trust. In God. We Trust. For only in you can we live in safety. Only in you will we find justice. Only in you will we know the peace that passes all human understanding. Amen. ( A Prayer to Heal A Divided Nation by Rev. Elizabeth Kaeton)
Mary, Queen of Peace, I ask you to intercede for us for the outpouring of the gift of peace. Peace within myself, peace in my family, peace in my everyday life, peace to my nation, and to all nations, peace among all peoples and peace in the world. Hail Mary full of grace...
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Wednesday, August 8 at 8:14AM