Our prayer for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lord, God, you have appointed your disciples as watchman for your house. Watchman, of course, you meant as protectors, but my pop-culture saturated mind immediately leans towards super-heroes and the question: Who Watches the Watchmen?
Their are differences between disciples and super-heroes, of course. The good guys are called to action. The god guys are called towards singing joyfully, bowing down in worship, and kneeling before the Lord who made us.
We are called to reiterate Your words, not our own, in speaking warning to others, reminding them of faults, first, between us and them alone.
But this is not our prime directive, our first initiative. That would be Your command that "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Super-heroes seem to resort to violence, disciples do not. Love does no evil to the neighbor; Disciples are not called to violence in any form- physical, emotional, spiritual. Blood has already been spilled, Lord, Your sacrifice is enough.
You, Lord, are the watcher of the watchmen. Lord, help us to harden not your hearts to stones of persecution of others. Help us today to hear Your voice.