“With authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out” (Luke 4:36)
Pope Francis has designated September 1st as a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”. The date was chosen to coincide with a similar day of prayer observed by the Orthodox Church. Pope Francis noted his patron saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, “whose Canticle of the Creatures inspires so many men and women of good will to live in praise of the Creator and with respect for creation.”
Today President Barack Obama is in Alaska to advocate on behalf of climate change. He is worried that without an adequate response to climate needs, “our planet will be beyond the capacity of our children to repair.”
In today’s Gospel Jesus cures a man who has had a seizure just by speaking; people responded, “With authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out”. So, we spend this day in prayer to the One whose power can do more than we can ask or imagine.
– Father McLaughlin