“What Have You to Do with Us?”
We know, O God, that we are confronted with people and with situations that are so dangerous and so disruptive that the sources of the danger and disruption seem beyond the ability of anyone—both perpetrators and targets—to understand.
Sometimes, though, we have to pass that way.
When we do, may the life of Christ be so real and present in us that we contribute to your overcoming of evil with good, to your overcoming of hate with love, and to your overcoming of fear with faith.
Remind us that the time for such overcoming is any time that we are present in this world.
"When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. Suddenly they shouted out, ‘What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?’” (Matthew 8:28-29)