Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Justin, Martyr

June 1st, 2015
""Vocations are mysterious."" Pope Francis

“All cultures are able to be called by the Lord.  He is free to stir up more vocations in one part of the world than in another.”   What does the Lord say by sending us vocations from the youngest church’s?  I don’t know.  But I ask myself the question.  We have to ask it.  The Lord’s will is somehow in all this.  This necessitates …enculturation of the charism.  The charism is not a bottle of distilled water.  It needs to be lived energetically as well as reinterpreted culturally.

In today’s Reading (Tobit 1 : 3) Tobit is exiled at Nineveh with the tribe of Naphtali after the fall of Israel.  The Book of Tobit calls for a renewal of faith at a difficult time for the people who fear that God has abandoned them.  It stresses community and family solidarity in times of trouble,  the maintenance of the purity of religious belief in the midst of pagan ways of life,  the meditation of God thro’ angels and the importance of Israel for the salvation of other nations.

Today is the feast day of St. Justin who was born in the Holy land and settled in Rome.  He became a Christian and is remembered for his belief and defence of Christian practice.  He was martyred c. 165.

Prayer Risen Christ bring new life to those who have lost their way. Faith, hope and love to those who are living in the clay of broken dreams, to those who are locked in the tombs of despair and addiction, to those who are experiencing the emptiness of grief, to those who are entombed behind the walls of hatred. Lord hear our prayer. Amen