Gospel MT 8:28-34
When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes,
two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him.
They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.
They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God?
Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”
Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.
The demons pleaded with him,
“If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”
And he said to them, “Go then!”
They came out and entered the swine,
and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea
where they drowned.
The swineherds ran away,
and when they came to the town they reported everything,
including what had happened to the demoniacs.
Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus,
and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.
JULY PRAYER INTENTION OF THE SUPERIOR GENERAL
For an end to all prejudice and racial injustice
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” (Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.).
Recent manifestations of racial inequality and injustice this past month have raised the world’s consciousness about the sin of racism and prejudice that is often hidden, but yet so prevalent in society. As Pope Francis said, “We cannot close our eyes to any form of racism or exclusion, while pretending to defend the sacredness of every human life.” Let us pray that our Lord will wipe away the darkness and open our eyes wider to the light, love, and dignity inherent in all of humanity.