On the 6th day of the Decade of Mission days, let us reflect on the theme “Personal responsibility”.

A reading of the Holy Gospel according to St. John 16, 15-23

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All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. “A little while, and you will see me no more; again a little while, and you will see me.” Some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” They said, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he means.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him; so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’? Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she is delivered of the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a child is born into the world. So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name.

We mentioned earlier that the great tragedy of the war is the death of soldiers. Members of their families are especially saddened by this loss. However, not only the military are killed in the war. In this Russian-Ukrainian war, the enemy chose cruel and immoral tactics to target the civilian population in order to intimidate and demoralize Ukrainians. Children suffer the most. More than two hundred children were killed by the Russian aggressor. Many children, especially orphans, were forcibly deported to Russia. These children are innocent. They saw what they should not have seen: death, violence, destruction and war. They experienced what they should not have experienced. God does not want man to die.

The God of peace wants to give children and us peace and strength of endurance. He frees us from the fear that paralyses our ability to seek at least some explanation for what is happening and to do something to stop this blatant injustice. The merciful Lord embraces every child with his loving embrace and heals their hearts with his paternal love. God becomes the spiritual guardian of these children and inspires people of good will to adopt and adopt orphans. Each of us can become a prayer guardian for all children, and perhaps our families will want to take responsibility and adopt or adopt one child, to adopt them into their family.

Let us pray for children who lost their parents during the war or became victims of violence and that the Good God healed their hearts with his love:

Our Father…

Rejoice Mother of God…

Glory be to the Father…