Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158
As we draw to the close of this liturgical year we hear in Maccabees
the resistance of the Jewish persecution imposed by Antiochus Epiphanes.
His intention seemed noble, “that all should be one people, each abandoning
his particular customs.” (1Macc 1:41-43) This same idea
is offered today by many who think that if we transcend nationalism and build
a world community that will solve the problems of war and violence, hatred
and injustice, but history has not demonstrated that. It was not true
in 145 BCE and it is not true in our century as evidenced by the wars that
have plagued us and are ongoing in all areas of the world.
Lord, you are our Creator, our Father, and Mother.
We, your children, address our filial prayer to you.
We no longer know how to live as brothers and sisters.
All of us are poor,
Yet we steal from one another.
All of us hunger for love,
Yet we hate one another.
All of us crave rest and silence,
Yet we deafen one another with our endless bickering.
Come among us once again, as our Father, our Mother, and our Brother.
Let us feel your presence,
So our childish arguments may cease
And peace may be established in the joy of divine brotherhood.
(Bishop William Giaquinta)
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