In recent weeks we have heard of our need to share God’s love and mercy with others. We have been reminded that this is part of the mission that the Lord entrusted to us at our Baptism: to proclaim the Gospel to the world.
Today, St. Paul teaches us that the first step in carrying out this mission is our prayers “for every one, for kings and for all in authority.” (1Tm 2:1-2)
First, this is intercessory prayer; we are seeking their good and that they may grow and live in wisdom and understanding.
In addition, we asking the Holy Spirit to be with them and to open their minds and hearts to God’s mercy and love.
Finally, our prayer is an encounter and communion with God. The result is that it transforms us and helps us to see with the eyes of faith and to recognize others as being loved by God and made in His image and likeness. This changes our ways of looking at others and how we interact with them. It changes the tone of our disagreements.