WORDS FOR UKRAINE
6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6–7 (New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition)
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I write this reflection with the invasion of Ukraine heavy on my heart. The shock of one nation attacking another sovereign nation with no provocation… is unconscionable! The pretext used by Russia was the same as Nazi Germany which started WWII. So, I say to you this which is the truth we all know and celebrate but rarely is it found written or even spoken aloud to which I pray will spread hope where hope seems fleeting. Know this, there is more going on that we cannot see yet God sees. Proof of this can be found within the impressive Ukrainian people, their President, their boldness in their defience against Putin’s Russia! The lesson that is unfolding before the world’s eyes is one we all need to teach our children from here on. This lesson is solidly based on Philippians 4:6 “Do not worry about anything…” Frankly put; by giving your life over to God there is nothing to worry about as He sees and knows and has already provided everything for you. Moreover,“… but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” By prayer and earnest supplication will God not only hear those requests but also answer them. Know that faith in God during the darkest hour always produces miracles that surpass our earthly understanding. Therefore, let the world pray and let the world fall down in supplication before our God with Ukraine in our hearts, on our minds, and tongue!
FAITH IN ACTION
Brothers and sisters, it is not enough to read this reflection but I urge you all to take action!
For starters, there is this little-known organization who through nothing more than donations is going into Ukraine helping people leave safely. I highly recommend everyone to donate funds to Project Dynamo – CLICK HERE
Another non-governmental organization that specializes in global humanitarian aid and relief has been delivering these services since its founding in 1933 in Manhattan, New York, NY. I highly recommend everyone to donate whatever you can to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) – CLICK HERE
10 do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.Isaiah 41:10 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
TO THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE
A PRAYER OF SOLIDARITY
I tell you to remember what has been written, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 (NRSVCE) Therefore, take refuge in God who walks by your side, His divine spirit fights against evil in all its forms on your behalf! I tell you with all assurances in this that God is your strength for He alone upholds you; He alone will lead you to victory! God has moved the world to support you, to give you all that you need, He alone fills your men with the fighting hearts of righteous lions, and it is God who neuters your enemy’s desires forcing them to fall under your heel!
TO PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY
33 I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”John 16:33 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Dear President Zelensky, remember always the words and promises of YHWH… for your hope is found within his love! Your nation’s peace along with all other nations that stand with you is found in unity! Take heart in the many examples of all who have faced down oppression, hold strong to your courage and faith. Continue to give hope to your people with the knowledge that peace, hope, love, and courage will overcome every tyrant no matter the age they have arisen. Know that your victory is certain! Know you are justified in all your actions. Keep hope close to your heart and peace for all Ukrainians written upon your soul! All hope is yours and all things are possible within this incredible love of our shared faith in all righteousness!
LETS US PRAY
PRAYER FOR PROTECTION
ANTIPHON: Come, let us worship God who holds the world and its wonders in his creating hands.
INVITATORY – PSALM 95
Venite exultemus An invitation to adore and serve God, and to hear his voice. "Encourage each other daily while it is still today." Hebrews 3:13 1 Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our saviour. 2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a joyful noise to him with psalms. (Antiphon repeated) 3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 For in his hand are all the ends of the earth: and the heights of the mountains are his. (Antiphon repeated) 5 For the sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. 6 Come let us adore and fall down: and weep before the Lord that made us. (Antiphon repeated) 7 For he is theLord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. 8 To day if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts: (Antiphon repeated) 9 As in the provication, according to the day of temptation in the wilderness: where your fathers tempted me, they proved me, and saw my works. 10 Forty years long was I offended with that generation, and I said: 'These alwats err in heart.' (Antiphon repeated) 11 And these men have not known my ways: so I swore in my wrath that they shall not enter into my rest. (Antiphon repeated)
EIGHTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME:
PRAYER: Lord, guide the course of world events and give your Church the joy and peace of serving you in freedom.
Dear Lord, give your strength to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Protect the innocent and brave of heart. Save those who find themselves in harm’s way and give courage to those who fight like righteous lions! Give your eternal peace to Ukraine’s President Zelenski and show him the path to take in these troubled times. May the words written in Philippians 2:2-4 reign in all Christian hearts worldwide;
"Make my joy complete by your unanimity, possessing the one love, united in spirit and ideals."
9 Thus, therefore, shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our supersubstantial bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.Matthew 6:9-13 – Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. – Amen
Saint Joseph Pray for us.
Sancte Ioseph, Ora pro nobis
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