Hear my prayer

see Proper 13 (year A)
“banquet in the wilderness”

detail, Loaves and Fishes, Unknown Illustrator of Petrus Comestor's Bible Historiale, 1372

I think it will be impossible to meditate or preach on Sunday’s texts without confronting the famine in Somalia where tens of thousands of people have died of malnutrition-related illness in the last few months. From the New York Times: “There has been a catastrophic breakdown of the world’s collective responsibility,” said Fran Equiza, a regional director at Oxfam, one of the world’s largest aid organizations. “The warning signs have been seen for months, and the world has been slow to act.” The murder of aid workers, anarchy, and the “tax” taken by militants from all incoming   deliveries complicates relief efforts.

On the feast of Mary Magdalene (last Friday) the texts included this part of Judith’s prayer, as she prepares to go into Holofernes’ camp and cut off his head. As we listened, I thought about the famine.

For your strength does not depend on numbers, nor your might on the powerful. But you are the God of the lowly, helper of the oppressed, upholder of the weak, protector of the forsaken, savior of those without hope.  Please, please, God of my father, God of the heritage of Israel, Lord of heaven and earth, Creator of the waters, King of all your creation, hear my prayer! (Judith 9:11-12).

What else can I do but support the relief effort as I can, and stay in some kind of solidarity with the refugees? And, perhaps, make small acts of sacrifice to sharpen my sense of compassion. Please, please, God of peace, hear my prayer.


One Response to “Hear my prayer”

  1. Chris Says:

    Thank you for this heart-felt prayer!

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