Cynics…take a back seat! Two weeks ago, Pope Francis implored the Catholic Church and indeed the entire world to hold a day of prayer and fasting in light of the crisis in Syria.
We were on the brink of war…and we are far from over the crisis…but at least it seems that our prayers made a significant difference.
The world came together; yes, there were angry protests and people on both sides of the aisle making their case for troops on the ground or for a diplomatic solution to the current crisis.
The plea of our Holy Father seems to have been answered. His call for the world to pray and fast was heard! It is evident by results: tempers have been calmed and the international community
has taken time to reflect (dare I say prayerfully!) and a temporary (albeit tentative) solution seems to have been formulated. Again, we are far from out of the woods but we oftentimes think that our prayers go
unanswered but I believe that this is a true miracle: the Lord heard (hears) the cries of the poor and He infused diplomatic leaders with His Holy Wisdom.
In the Second Reading we hear this 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, St Paul is writing to Timothy and reminds Timothy that prayer brings about peace.
“First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.
This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” (1Tim 2: 1-4) The words of Saint Paul are alive and well in the year 2013!
We should be so relieved that our God is a part of this messy journey that we call life! Never discount the power of prayer. It actually does work!