Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent
By Denisha Williams
O Lord, in your goodness you bestow abundant graces on your elect: Look with favor, we entreat you, upon those who in these Lenten days are being prepared for Holy Baptism, and grant them the help of your protection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
PSALM 85:1-7 ▪ EZEKIEL 37:21-28 ▪ JOHN 11:45-53
While we in contemporary U.S. society tend to emphasize individualism even in our spiritual lives, the readings for today lead us to consider the higher well-being of the collective, especially “the nation.” At a time when our own country feels more divided into dissenting factions than many us can remember, and when nations in many parts of the world are torn apart by violent divisions, we need to deeply connect individually and collectively with the healing, unifying power of the Holy Spirit.
We pray that each of us can be cleansed of our egotistical needs to be right and of our anger towards those with whom we may feel divided by differing viewpoints.
We pray for guidance to let go of our cherished false idols and rigidness, particularly when we let our political positions get in the way of staying loving towards others. And we ask to be brought together in the unifying peace that passes all understanding, to be “one nation, no longer divided . . .”
We pray, too, that every country in the world where strife and warfare rages will be cleansed of anger and nestled into the supreme healing power and deep peace of God’s divine love.
As St. Francis so beautifully said, “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace . . .” Amen.
Denisha Williams has been a member of St. Michael’s since 2002, and is deeply grateful for the loving spiritual community of our congregation and those we welcome. Since the founding of the 6:00 PM Intersection service in 2006, she has attended Intersection regularly.