Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

The plea has never been so relevant: Thy kingdom come.

Over the past few years, we have witnessed our world become once more a place of horror. After the boiling bloodshed of the first half of the Twentieth Century, we entered into a low simmering as the Soviet Union gradually imploded. Now, the horror has returned in the human form of terrorism and the microscopic form of disease. Once again we are reminded that our world is not an earthly paradise where sufficient human planning will produce comfort and well-being for all. No, we live in a world which violently boils over the safe containers we construct to control it.

Amid this chaos, we understand the great hope which lay behind that plea of the Our Father. Please, Lord, let Thy Kingdom come. Come down upon this earth, yes, but first let it come into my own heart. And let my own heart be a place of calm in this storm.

October 8th, 2014