Independence Day (USA)
As we hear in our first reading with the angel urging Lot onward, we cannot help but think of the early settlers of this great country who trusted in God, and the angels led them through the many journeys to this sacred land. We have a complicated history of “discovery,” but we found refuge and prosperity by moving around and settling in this country.
Would we have that same courage? Would we travel through great plains, mountains, deserts, and seas and trust God will open a better path for us like our founding mothers and fathers? Do we see ourselves as serving the greater good of moving forward to share in God’s stewardship? Indeed, when we visit a river, mountain, lake, or plain, a sunrise or sunset, we see the beauty of our land and perhaps hum to ourselves, “America the Beautiful.” We are blessed to enjoy the fruits of the land and that which has been handed on to us in a great legacy of America.
Plus, we are part of continuing the American experiment. Yet, fear, anger, resentment, and distrust seem to be becoming enshrined in our natural way of living. These waves swamp many and suck the hope out of others. Our Gospel encourages us with the words we hear again, for we never have anything to fear. Christ is in the boat with us as we journey forward!
More than ever, we need to bring our Christian Good News and witness to the man obeyed by winds and sea and turn the course on this boat we are all in. Let us continue to set sail, helping our country be a beacon of hope and joy, taking our challenges without dissuading our faith. Let us serve faithfully to God, who always journeys with us.
O God, you search and know us and lead us to new places. As you have blessed us and our country, guide it still with your goodness and grace. May we always be grateful for your care and teach us to bring justice for all through Christ our Lord.