AMOS 5:14-15, 21-24; PSALM 50; MATTHEW 8:28-34
In the first reading, Prophet Amos stated that God is most pleased with justice and integrity and not outward show of piety. Most times we devote ourselves to worship, adoration and prayers while we lack the basic characters of life. People fast, pray and worship with all beautiful songs asking God for a good wife or a good husband but won’t make any effort to improve on their character. The Lord says “take away from me the noise of your songs; but let justice roll down like waters.” In the Church we pray for lasting change in this country but go back to our offices and continue the ills. In the Gospel, Jesus drove out demons from two demoniac and the people of that territory refused to accept the transformation they saw and so they asked Jesus to leave. Most times we are not different from this people; we are afraid to experience the transformation we are praying for because of the profit we make from injustice and lies.
PRAYER AGAINST BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA
Father in Heaven you always provide for all your creatures so that all may live as you have willed. You have blessed our country Nigeria with rich human and natural resources to be used to your honour and glory and for the well being of every Nigerian. We are deeply sorry for the wrong use of these your gifts and blessings through acts of injustice, bribery and corruption as a result of which many of our people are hungry, sick, ignorant and defenseless. Father, you alone can heal us and our nation of this sickness. We beg you, touch our lives and the lives of our leaders and people so that we may all realize the evil of bribery and corruption and work hard to eliminate it. Raise up for us God-fearing people and leaders who care for us and who will lead us in the path of peace, prosperity and progress. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on us.