Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
November 3, 2020
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 22, and it’s perfect for our prayer today.
I know God has no partisan interest. God’s interest is for the wholeness and blessing of God’s Creation. God’s interest is for justice and mercy for the poor, sick and suffering. God’s interest is for peace in hearts, families and nations.
All the ends of the earthPsalm 22
shall remember and turn to the LORD;
All the families of the nations
shall bow down before God.
For dominion is the LORD’s,
Who rules the nations.
To God alone shall bow down
all who sleep in the earth.
To God alone my soul shall live;
my descendants shall serve God.
Let the coming generation be told of the LORD
that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born
the justice God has shown.
Still, let’s put it right out there. This is no ordinary Tuesday. Personally, I have been longing – no, agonizing – for this day since November 8, 2016. What about you?
I know there are many perspectives among my readers. Democrats and Republicans. Citizens of countries other than the USA. Still, I think all of us share some common hopes for today’s election because we care about all of God’s beloved Creation.
Here are some of my hopes.
I pray for, and believe that we must demand, a President and Congress who:
- respect, reverence and legislate for life in all its stages, colors, genders, ethnicities, and religious and political affiliations.
- do the hard work of building bridges, not walls, throughout the world
- respect and care about those who are poor and marginalized
- model American compassionate leadership rather than American isolationist primacy
- generate unity and tolerance, not fear, division and hatred
- choose others over self, truth over manipulation, leadership over greed
- are thoughtful, brave statesmen and stateswomen not bullies and whiners
As we pray this psalm today, may we realize that to find these virtues in our leaders, we must first practice them ourselves. In the long run, we get what we deserve. Let’s humbly pray to live in a manner that propagates and deserves selfless moral leadership.
Poetry: LET US PRAY – Sister Joan Chittister
Give us, O God,Joan Chittister, OSB
leaders whose hearts are large enough
to match the breadth of our own souls
and give us souls strong enough
to follow leaders of vision and wisdom.
In seeking a leader, let us seek
more than development of ourselves—
though development we hope for,
more than security for our own land—
though security we need,
more than satisfaction for our wants—
though many things we desire.
Give us the hearts to choose the leader
who will work with other leaders
to bring safety
to the whole world.
Give us leaders
who lead this nation to virtue
without seeking to impose
our kind of virtue
on the virtue of others.
Give us a government
that provides for the advancement
of this country
without taking resources from others
to achieve it.
Give us insight enough ourselves
to choose as leaders those who can tell
strength from power,
growth from greed,
leadership from dominancy,
and real greatness from the trappings of grandiosity.
We trust you, Great God,
to open our hearts to learn from those
to whom you speak in different tongues
and to respect the life and words
of those to whom you entrusted
the good of other parts of this globe.
We beg you, Great God,
give us the vision as a people
to know where global leadership truly lies
to pursue it diligently,
to require it to protect human rights
for everyone everywhere.
We ask these things, Great God,
with minds open to your eternal care.
Music: America- rendered in true American Jazz by the inimitable Ray Charles
Oh beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife Who more than self, their country loved And mercy more than life America, America may God thy gold refine 'Til all success be nobleness And every gain divined And you know when I was in school We used to sing it something like this, listen here Oh beautiful, for spacious skies For amber waves of grain For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain But now wait a minute, I'm talking about America, sweet America You know, God done shed his grace on thee He crowned thy good, yes he did, in brotherhood From sea to shining sea You know, I wish I had somebody to help me sing this (America, America, God shed his grace on thee) America, I love you America, you see My God he done shed his grace on thee And you oughta love him for it 'Cause he, he, he, he crowned thy good He told me he would, with brotherhood (From sea to shining Sea) Oh Lord, oh Lord, I thank you Lord (Shining sea)