Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.
May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun. May all nations be blessed in him; may they pronounce him happy.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Psalm 72 asks God to endow the king with God’s judgment so that “in his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound.” Listen to judgments of our recent popes and bishops. Paul VI: “No more war, war never again!” John-Paul II: “War is not the answer.” Francis at Hiroshima: “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, as is the possession of atomic weapons.” We pray that God endow all government leaders with his judgment.
In the 1980’s the US Bishops published two letters: The Challenge of Peace and Economic Justice for All. Besides denouncing nuclear weapons, they demanded an economy that includes all, in agreement with the cry of the prophet Isaiah. No country, including the US, is living up to these prophetic statements of God’s wishes for our world. We pray every day for the end of war and equal distribution of this world’s goods.
—Fr. Louis McCabe, SJ, is a retreat director at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau, LA.
Make these words, presented in the spirit of St. Oscar Romero, archbishop martyr of El Salvador, our prayer:
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
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