“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5
God’s word is truth yesterday, today and forever. Although we do not feel the weight of this truth in light of yesterday’s tragedy, the Light does shine on in the darkness, and the darkness does not understand it or overpower it [and it never will].
As we pray for Paris and for Beirut, for our world and for peace, Lord Jesus, we look to you. As we try to comprehend this unimaginable evil, help us to walk in the Light boldly and without fear. Help us to know and cling to the truth that you are the King, that you are Protector, Healer, Comforter, Justice, and Peace. We wait on you. We trust in you. We hope in you.
Lord Jesus Christ,
who are called the Prince of Peace,
who are yourself our peace and reconciliation,
who so often said,
‘Peace to you’,
grant us peace.
Make all men and women witnesses of truth,
justice, and brotherly love.
Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.
Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee
and defend the great gift of peace.
May all peoples of the earth becomes as brothers and sisters.
May longed-for peace blossom forth
and reign always over us all.
– By Saint John XXIII –