Why St. Pope John XXIII Prayer for Society Matters

Many years ago, I found an amazing prayer from Saint Pope John XXIII. I stumbled upon this prayer and was immediately drawn into the depth and scope of its petitions.

The opening sentence says “O Jesus, come back into our society,
our family life, our souls
and reign there as our peaceful sovereign.”

Imagine if our present society, as hedonistic and individualistic it appears, was reverted back to Jesus Christ.

Spouses not acting in their own self-interests.

Society endorsing values that help the common good thrive.

People rejuvenated and fulfilled with the Almighty rather than drugs, alcohol, and pornography.

Yes, Jesus remains that peaceful sovereign; The one who tames the uncontrollable.

When my nephew and niece were younger, they both would have crying sprees. They would cry unceasingly in a loud wailing sound for many reasons. It only took me coming to their aid, soothing them with compassion, or giving them the attention that they would stop.

Jesus has that same effect for a topsy-turvey. Calming the waves of confusion and disorder and guiding us to the source of abundant living.

When I read the prayer, I imagine the horrors and sufferings Pope John XXIII witnessed: European invasion of Nazis, communism, Cold War expansion, The Holocaust, the rise of contraception ..Pretty much a world of severe instability that declared “we know better than God.” It’s only when Jesus reverts back into a society that things will start to become new.

His prayer is still more relevant today as it was more than 50 years ago and it is something we should always keep in mind to Jesus Christ. To echo Paul “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. ” This is our hope. Not on the temporal but the eternal truths and promises of God.
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O Jesus, come back into our society,
our family life, our souls
and reign there as our peaceful sovereign.
Enlighten with the splendor of faith
and the charity of your tender heart
the souls of those who work
for the good of the people, for your poor.
Impart in them your own spirit,
a spirit of discipline, order, and gentleness,
preserving the flame of enthusiasm
ever alight in their hearts.
May that day come very soon,
when we shall see you
restored to the center of civic life,
borne on the shoulders of your joyful people.

Amen

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