On the 5th day of the Decade of Mission days, let us reflect on the theme “Where Do We Seek the Truth?”

A reading of the Holy Gospel according to St. John 16, 2-13

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They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convince the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in me; of righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

The true calling of authority is to reflect the justice of God’s authority. However, in ancient times they said vox populum vox Dei (voice of the people – the voice of God). Authorities must base their laws on moral law, uphold justice and good, punish lawlessness and evil, and be honest with the people. The Apostle Paul teaches that people should uphold the institution of authority, give them due respect and obedience (Rom. 13, 1-8). But the government is elected by the people, and in our time the Ukrainian government has a unique opportunity to completely renew, reform, become truly democratic and transparent, to defend and defend the interests of the Ukrainian people.

We need to pray for those who are in power now, because only sincere believers can fully reflect God’s Law and His justice. In his prayer for God’s wisdom, Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky singled out the wisdom of joy and sorrow, work and rest, sincere and simple intention, joy and respect, the Lord’s fear, truthfulness and good deeds, courage, strength and freedom.

May the Wisdom of God guide our rulers and give them the courage, intelligence and wisdom to bring Ukraine out of the ruin caused by the war.

Let us pray for all government officials and for God’s wisdom for them in the ministry in the current circumstances:

Our Father…

Rejoice Mother of God…

Glory be to the Father…