Today’s Blessing Prayer: Sunday greetings and blessing to all. It is a cloudy and rainy morning here in Mechanicsburg, PA. It was a rainy, windy drive yesterday but not all that difficult. I am glad to be here, and things got off to a good start at the 5:00 pm mass last night. I am looking forward to a great mission here at St. Joseph’s. If you get a chance, please keep the faith community here at St. Joseph’s in your prayers along with their preacher.
In driving all of yesterday morning I was not aware of the events happening in Pittsburgh. I was profoundly sad when I finally found out yesterday afternoon. Pittsburgh in my home town and I would never have imagined something like this happening there. My prayers at with the victims families and friends. I stand in solidarity with my Jewish sisters and brothers everywhere. I ask God to bring those who lost their lives home to eternal peace, those wounded to a speedy recovery and Pittsburgh to a place of strength and unity. May those who preach lies, hate, violence, disrespect, anger and division have muted voices and may like Bartimaeus in our Gospel today may we hear the voice of Jesus and be given sight to see and hear what is true, honorable, respectful and life-giving! Prayers for Pittsburgh, the Tree of Life Congregation and all good people!
While my thoughts are with Pittsburgh and the horrible tragedy there, while many begin this day with great sorrow, hurt and fear… I pause to offer this thought and prayer… Wherever you are, whatever this day will bring into your life, if you will be watching your favorite team, and perhaps later celebrating your team’s victory, or mourning and debating its defeat or just anticipating the work week and the busyness of that lies ahead. It you are resting and relaxing or busy about many different things, if you are taking time to enjoy the beauty of this day or struggling through a problem, or mourning an unthinkable tragedy, no matter where you are or what you are doing I offer this prayer and blessing for you...
This is the Day that God has made let us rejoice and be glad. May there always be work for us to do. May our pockets and purses always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine warm on our windowpanes. May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of family, a loved one and a friend always be near and may God fill our hearts with gladness and love that we in turn can share! May hate, anger and fear not be what we share or live. May God’s blessing be upon us all today and always. Don't forget to give God a little time today, after all it is Sunday! Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
A prayer or two to help you through your day!