There are many barriers of hatred that divide people in our world. Differences in gender, skin color, cultural traditions, religion, politics, family ties and even marriage create chasms of distance and distrust among God’s children.
Jesus offered himself as a bridge over the divide. In Jesus’ death and resurrection we have our identity. Nothing else matters.
Today, pray St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer for peace.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Blessings and Peace