Ok time to sound crazy...but I'm still very sane.
During my drive into the office today I heard a few messages delivered from the Lord in a timely manner by the Divine Office of Readings. (You can read them online at www.divineoffice.org)
The reading was from Second Book of Chronicles 20:1-9, 13-24 (Click here to read the Bible passage) about God offering help to Jehoshaphat save Judah from swarming enemies. And God does just that when he follows directions properly.
The final prayer would at first seem to be contrary to the reading at first and it goes as follows:
O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor.
Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever
On reflection it does not contradict anything. For all that we witness in the world today, we still must remain well armed like Jehoshaphat. He was a sinning man like all the rest of us, and did not always listen and follow the Lord. He did walk mostly the right way though!
That is why we must always pray for the light of truth to shine on us and the rest of mankind when we go astray. It can bring us home to unity with Christ if we follow it. Once home with Christ, we must then willingly welcome still more sinners home. Our continuing mission will be to pray for and reach out to all to people to come home with Christ. For unlike government services...God's party never runs out of the goods and we can all be happy!