True Independence Comes from Faith in God
The last time July 4 fell on a Sunday was in 2010. Eleven years after, the Independence Day falls on a Sunday, the day of the Lord. The day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ, the savior of the world. Why does it matter that July 4 falls on Sunday? Nothing really other than it allows us to incorporate the remarkable day into our worship. When Christ rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he signifies and actually indicates henceforth our independence from sin, devil, and death. Are we free as a people, as a nation, from the dominance of the devil's evil schemes? Do we have and experience the true freedom of sons and daughters of God?
Let us especially remember our country today. As we celebrate this major holiday, let us pray for true freedom in our country. Let us praise and thank God for the many blessings we have received as a nation because God indeed has blessed America and all people of the world. Let us turn to God in prayer for our president, the congress, the governors and indeed all citizens of this great nation. Let us pray once again the prayer Archbishop John Carroll composed for the inauguration of George Washington in 1791:
“We recommend likewise, to your unbounded mercy, all our fellow citizens throughout the United States, that we may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of your most holy law; that we may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.”
The next time July 4th will fall on a Sunday is in 2027. Until then, commit this Sunday to praying for our country to continue to be a nation under One God.
God bless America, Happy Independence Day
In Christ our Freedom,
Fr. Bernard, OP