Sunday, Aug 09, 2020
NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Ghosts of the past, spirit of the present
Nagasaki was the second and last city to date to endure attack by atomic weapon. In the instant after the bomb’s release, 35,000 people were killed, mostly factory workers. Those factories, which supported the Japanese war effort, were the targets of the attack. It all made sense in a war room at the time. After the mushroom cloud clears, however, we have to reckon with the ghosts of our choices. The animated drama, In This Corner of the World, offers a moving reflection on the personal cost of these attacks on ordinary Japanese citizens. Pray for all victims of war, and for lasting world peace.
TODAY'S READINGS: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33 (115). “The disciples saw him walking on the sea. . . . ‘It is a ghost,’ they said, and they cried out in fear.”