Revisiting “The Peace Prayer”

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND on 10/31/2017

in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A
October 29, 2017

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind… You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Matthew 22:37, 39)

Revisiting “The Peace Prayer”

Bringing peace to yourself and to the world begins with you.
All are called to avoid hatred and lavish love.
Too many of our neighbors are despairing.
Are you sharing your love and bringing them hope?

Darkness is invading the earth bringing fear, sadness and making vagabonds looking for a peaceful place.
Are you letting your light shine in the darkness to shadow sadness and to light up faces with joy?

Who are you consoling—someone in need? When will you begin understanding their
problems while forgetting your own?
Who must you pardon? Who must pardon you?
O, Lord, forgive me my trespasses as I forgive those who have trespassed against me.

It is time to act, to live our love to its fullness.
We sing, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love,” while my next door neighbor is in
need. No, look around; be aware.
You are commanded by God to be the channel of peace and love in today’s world.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Begin your reflection by answering the questions within the prayer poem.
  2. Where will get the virtues you will need to love like Jesus?
  3. How much do you really love yourself?
  4. What are some of the characteristics of the love of Jesus?
  5. Where might be the best place to find the answers to these questions? (Please don’t answer “Google!”)

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Sr. Renetta Graff November 1, 2017 at 10:17 am

“Look around. Be aware” Two short statements that are rich in meaning and demand a response every day.

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