By his Resurrection, Christ Jesus has abolished death and restored life. He lives and reigns forever and ever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. All the nations of the earth are subject to his dominion. As we meditate on His Resurrection, let us pray that every nation may be governed according to the Kingship of Christ; let us pray that every political leader may obey his law; let us pray that every voter may carry out that solemn duty in a way that glorifies the Risen Lord.
Christ ascends into heaven, taking our human nature to his throne. There, he lives forever to make intercession for us and, as St. Paul tells the Ephesians, he bestows various gifts of ministry and leadership upon his people. Paul tells the Romans that those in civil authority are “ministers of God,” and he tells Timothy we are to pray for them. Let us ask the Lord that those holding and seeking political office may always understand the limits of their authority, and may always maintain their accountability to God and his people.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, as Jesus promised, reminds us of all that Jesus taught and leads us into all truth. The Spirit enables us to evaluate things from God’s perspective and brings us gifts of wisdom and insight as we make decisions. Let us pray for an outpouring of the Spirit upon the voters across our nation. May they understand their duty to vote, overcome any obstacles to doing so, do their homework to understand the positions of the parties and candidates, and discern rightly before they vote.
The Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed, body and soul, into heaven, sharing the victory of her Son over death. During her life, Mary was attentive to his Word, and allowed that Word to lead her into action. She went to see Elizabeth; she spoke up at Cana; she went to Calvary. So too, we who are called to prayer are also called to action. Through Mary’s intercession may we be as active as possible to reach, educate and mobilize voters in this election.
Mary is the Queen of the Universe, leading us always to her Son, Christ the King. Mary wants all individuals and nations to acknowledge and embrace the way of life Christ gives to us. One of the ways we embrace it is to elect those who will enact laws that correspond to God’s law and promote life, justice, and peace. Through the intercession of Mary our Queen, may all who hold and seek public office recognize God’s law as higher than any human law, and always seek to follow that higher law.