Prayer of the Day

Prayer

May 1st, 2015
"“…Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have Jesus executed.”" Acts 13 : 28

Luke tells us that the real reason for the hostility of those with power was that “they were filled with jealousy.” When we see others succeeding where we have failed, it is hard to rejoice with them. Jealousy is our natural reaction. If a work is God’s work, we are asked to rejoice, no matter who is doing it. We have a very apt expression in our Irish language to express this: “Ní hiad na fir mhóra a bhaineann an fómhar.” It is not always the great men who reap the harvest. In the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero: “We plant seeds that one day will grow… we may never see the end results… we are prophets of a future not our own.” How are we affected to day, when we witness on our TV screens the barbaric execution of people who, like Christ, are unjustly condemned?

Prayer Jesus, you were unjustly condemned. May we recognise you also in those who suffer because they are your followers. Amen