All week long, the airways have been saturated with the talkchemical weapons, red lines, boots on the ground, ships in motion. In the midst of all this clamor, all this noise, have been other voices. Voices calling for prayer and for peace. Pope Francis has urged people of faith to set aside Saturday as a day of fasting and prayer for peace. Our own Bishop Vono has asked people of faith in the Diocese of Rio Grande to join in that day of fasting and prayer. He has also directed all the clergy in the diocese to offer a special intention asking God for assistance in finding a way to political peace in Syria this Sunday at eucharist and also to include a prayer for peace following the post-communion prayer. This Sunday churches throughout our diocese will be ringing their bells for peace.
People of faith may differ on the best ways to achieve peace in our world, but we do not differ on the need for peace nor do we differ in our commitment to God who, we Christians believe, calls us to live in peace with one another. There is a hymn I love to sing (They Cast Their Nets in Galilee), the last stanza goes like this:
The peace of God, it is no peace,
But strife closed in the sod.
Yet let pray for but one thing--
The marvelous peace of God.
The path to peace is neither easy or smooth. It takes courage and imagination, boldness and vision. And it takes the prayers of people of faith praying fervently for guidance in the ways of peace. Please join me in prayer for peace this Sunday at 5:00 and also throughout the day on Saturday.
Peace be with us,
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