Praying in Darkness

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Happy Grandparents’ Day! Wait…your greeting card calendar doesn’t say today is Grandparents’ Day. But the Church does! Today is the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Jesus’ grandparents. I suspect they doted over Him like any good grandparent! (I wonder if they had their “Ask Me About My Grandkid” sticker on the back of their donkey!)

In today’s first reading from Jeremiah 14, we see a prayer from a very dark time. The people had spent many years overrun and maligned. They felt that God had abandoned them. Their glory days were long past, a distant memory. “Why have you struck us a blow that cannot be healed? We wait for peace, to no avail; for a time of healing, but terror comes instead.”

Down through the ages there have been times of great darkness. Evil has prevailed. Perhaps we feel that way now, personally or corporately. Are our halcyon days over? Even when darkness prevails, we must remember that it is only for a season. In the end, God is victorious; Jesus wins! The darkness may be for a day or a lifetime. We must always pray that we may be a light in the midst of it.

Father, help us to be light when darkness closes in, and prayerful at all times. Amen.

Today’ Readings


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