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Grant Us Peace!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Lord is near to all who call upon him.” (Psalm 145:18a)


The Psalm response today reminds me of the importance of calling upon God for all our needs. God is always HERE, even if we are somewhere THERE! So often in prayer, my mind wanders and my thoughts revolve around what I forgot to do yesterday and what I think I need to do today! I am fretful in prayer, as I am in a fretful world! We long for peace. We long for silence. We long for God!

Today is an opportunity to enter into all three longings. In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly declared September 21 as an “INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE.” At noon in every time zone, a moment of silence will be held, sending a Peace Wave around the world. How many of us read about this day? We read about the children at the border fleeing violence; wars and conflicts in Iraq, Palestine and Israel; victims of domestic abuse and trafficking right here in Sioux Falls; murders, the death penalty, etc. There is enough to pray about and for. I will pray for peace at 12 p.m., and I will be in solidarity with all the children fleeing the violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and for immigration reform in our own country. Will you join me? For whom or what will you be praying for?


Dear God,

we live in a violent world, desperately needing Your peace and justice,

a world desperately in need of your visions and dreams

of growing peace in hearts rather than

throwing bombs on peoples!

Give me the courage to call upon You and

plead for peace on this day,

and every day!

Amen.


By Sr. Pegge Boehm, PBVM
Presentation Sisters’ Hispanic Ministry – Caminando Juntos,

ISAIAH 55:6-9 • PSALM 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 • PHILIPPIANS 1:20C-24, 27A •MATTHEW 20:1-16A

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