Mirror of Justice

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The disciple as citizen and a prayer of the faithful


Over the past months, perhaps two or three years, people of good will and the faithful have been praying for our country and the world. Now that the most recent quadrennial exercise of electioneering is over, what prayer might remind the faithful and others of good will that we remain citizens of two cities? The words of Samuel remain as one durable and applicable prayer of reminder, contemplation, and formation:

“Now that you are old, and your sons do not follow your example, appoint a king over us, like all the nations, to rule us.” Samuel was displeased when they said, “Give us a king to rule us.” But he prayed to the LORD. The LORD said: Listen to whatever the people say. You are not the one they are rejecting. They are rejecting me as their king. They are acting toward you just as they have acted from the day I brought them up from Egypt to this very day, deserting me to serve other gods. Now listen to them; but at the same time, give them a solemn warning and inform them of the rights of the king who will rule them. 1 Samuel 8:5-9



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