July 31, 2018 Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time-B ST IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA, PRIEST

Jeremiah 14:17-22

Psalm 79

Matthew 13:36-43

We wait for peace, to no avail… Jer. 14:19

Help us, O God our savior, because of the glory of your name.  Ps. 79:9

Lord, the people of Jeremiah’s day were suffering because they had forgotten who they were:  children of God.  Worshiping idols, sacrificing children in pagan rituals, disobeying your commandments, and trusting in themselves led them to be conquered and exiled.  In addition they endured drought and famine.  Much is the same today as we worship the gods of wealth and power.  Instead of relying on you we turn to technology as our savior.  Prayer is forbidden in schools and nominees for public office are dismissed if they are people of faith and principle.  Religion and faith are confined to within the walls of our churches and the plight of the poor remains with us.  Aborting our children is considered a right not to be touched.  Lord, no wonder we lack peace.  How long will you be patient with us?  Lord, the good people who remain faithful to you must endure the presence of the evil in this world as we try to build you kingdom.  I know you will remain faithful to your covenant to the end even if we don’t.  Dear Jesus, our Savior, help those who are loyal to you to carry on your work. St. Ignatius, pray for us.  Amen