Peace and Justice

Today we celebrate Independence Day, the remembrance of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, making some people upon this land free.

While keeping this in mind as I reflected upon the readings for today’s Mass, the Responsorial Psalm weighed heavily on my heart. It states, “The Lord speaks of peace to his people”. God proclaims peace to us and close is his salvation for all who fear Him. “Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth and justice shall look down from heaven. The Lord will give his benefits, our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of his steps.”

This 4th of July, I ask you to reflect on God’s Word, the peace and justice He proclaims to us. May we ask Him to always guide our words and actions as we strive to build a better future for everyone in our country.  May we work towards peace and justice for all God’s children. May we trust that the Lord Himself will give us His grace, guidance, and salvation as we strive to follow in His footsteps. May God bless you and may God bless America.

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Briana is the Pastoral Minister at St. Mark Church in Cleveland, OH. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Catechetics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH and is excited to use these skills to serve the Church.