Below is a prayer that was used before every session of the Second Vatican Council. It was the prayer that was on the hearts of all of us who gathered last week to look at how we can be peacemakers in our fractured society.
We stand before you, Holy Spirit, conscious of our sinfulness, but aware that we gather in your name.
Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts.
Give us the light and strength to know your will, to make it our own, and to live it in our lives.
Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power, for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son.
You desire justice for all; enable us to uphold the rights of others; do not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favor.
Unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true.
As we gather in your name, may we temper justice with love, so that all our discussions and reflections may be pleasing to you, and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants.
We ask this of You who live and reign with the Father and the Son, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This is a prayer of disciples. People who gathered to look at who we are called to be as Church.
People who know the need of God’s strength so that we can do God’s will.
As we celebrate our independence this coming Tuesday, let us remember that there are still people looking for freedom. There are people who are oppressed. As the prayer above says, “You desire justice for all; enable us to uphold the rights of others…”
I hope you have a good Fourth of July. There will be no mass on Tuesday, but find time to thank God for the many blessings we have.