Tuesday, January 20, 2009

...so help me God

Is it just my imagination, or is God winking at us today through the liturgy's first reading?
The letter to the Hebrews exhorts its readers "to demonstrate ... eagerness for the fulfillment of hope," and reminds them about the meaning of an oath: "Men swear by something greater than themselves; for them an oath serves as a guarantee and puts an end to all argument." Impressively, the letter hints that God is the model not just of making an oath ("he swore by himself"), but of keeping it.
As citizens, we can't expect our new President to keep his promises on his own (and there are a few promises I hope he forgets entirely!). On this historic Inauguaration Day, we can draw from yesterday's reading to recognize that "no man takes this honor [or this burden] on himself"; that would be crazy! So what is your prayer on this Inauguration Day?


Anonymous said...

I too am hoping that he forgets at least one of his campaign promises.

Let us keep him in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

We can all pray that his position in our country's leadership will lead to his greater wisdom and deeper understanding and determination to further the sanctity of life.