Daily Reflection for Monday, May 30, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 19:1-8
Responsorial: Psalm 68:2-7
Gospel: John 16:29-33
Our reflection for Memorial Day:
I have told you this so you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world. John 16:33
Today in the United States we observe Memorial Day. Like most Americans, we are taking today off to observe this holiday, instituted in 1866, to solemnly honor American men and women who died in combat fighting to preserve the democratic ideals of our country.
Jesus’ words in today’s gospel have particular resonance this year. The world is not at peace. Yet Jesus wishes us peace and encourages us that He will overcome all that troubles us.
The bishops of the United States offer us the following prayer for today.
PRAYER FOR MEMORIAL DAY
God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely
into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.
Today let us give thanks for the thousands who gave their lives to preserve freedoms we hold dear. As a tribute to the hopes and lives of these service men and women, may we honor our nation’s highest values and do all that we can to preserve and protect them.
Wishing you God’s blessings,
The St. Monica Daily Scripture Reflection Team