For Inauguration Day – a Prayer and a Challenge

We are not a Christian nation. We are a nation of many races and religions united by a uniquely fragile and optimistic political system with potential for great good. As a Christian, and as a priest ordained to serve Jesus Christ, I believe that the Church has a crucial function within this nation, and the world – to be, as our Lord put it, “light and salt.” We have very often fallen far short of this call. We have even been sources of darkness rather than light, and decay rather than preserving salt. Today, as a man assumes the office of President who seems to be antithetical to everything cherished by both our political tradition and our faith, let the Church take up its proper mission: to pray faithfully for Donald Trump as a human being created in the image of God and entrusted with the highest authority in our country, but also to stand firm against every form of hatred, oppression, greed and violence, even to the point of shedding our blood. As followers of Jesus Christ, we can do no less.

Let us pray. And let us act.

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to your merciful care, that, being guided by your Providence, we may dwell secure in your peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will.

Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in your fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.    Amen.

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