Monday of Easter VII – Prayer of the Week

O King of glory, Lord of Hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

When things finally opened up after the pandemic and we could travel again, I found myself enduring a lengthy layover in Phoenix. I killed some time in one of the shops in the airport which sell exorbitantly overpriced snacks, books, and periodicals. As I browsed the many varieties of expensive almonds, I could not help overhearing a conversation between two employees. They were discussing the COVID vaccine, particularly why one of them would not get it.

Now you should know that I am married to a practicing nurse. My niece was the director of the COVID vaccination program of a large medical group in the Kansas City area. She was even on the local news for organizing a mass vaccination site. I cannot but be relatively well informed about this subject from a certain perspective thanks to these and other members of my own family.

I was fascinated as I listened in on this conversation happening behind me. The sources for the hesitancy, the “facts” cited, the rationale given were completely alien to what I knew and yet I also could hear that it was very real to this person. Vaccine hesitancy and the recent political discourse has revealed something of a problem for us. Popular and social media, whether it is the New York Times or Twitter and Facebook may not be the best sources for truth. If we are honest with ourselves, we are not terribly good at discerning truth and rejecting falsehood. I mean that for myself as well. Is my confidence well placed?

We pray in this prayer for God to give us the Spirit of truth. I need help in discerning the truth. Many of those whom I have trusted have proven to be false-dealing and self-interested. I sometimes feel lost in a sea of conflicting information. Do you as well? Pray this prayer with the Church today. Lean on God for help in discerning all truth. Simply losing the prideful confidence that you can discern the truth may be the first step in true discernment.

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