"You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds; God has now reconciled you in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before him..." Colossians 1:21-23
Some of us can remember days when God was the last thing on our mind, and our pride, and our flesh, was the only thing that mattered. Some of us may falsely think that a youth free of mortal sin, and full of religion, exempts us from this prior statement; but this would be foolish and naive in the common fact of human weakness (concupiscence) and the shared human failure in sin. But all of us can agree on one thing, Jesus Christ has saved us, and set us free.
Through His Body and Blood, He has wonderfully done for us what no man or woman could do for us, or for themselves.
"O God, by your name save me, and by your might defend my cause. O God, hear my prayer; hearken to the words of my mouth." Psalm 54:3-4, 6, 8
The Catholic East, both Eastern Rite Roman Catholic and Orthodox, have a powerful little prayer known as the Jesus prayer. 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner.' God's name is amazingly medicinal! Anger, lust, pride, fear, loneliness, desperation, and the gamut of human torments and maladies are immediately soothed with the faithful recitation of God's Holy name. For in this simple prayer, the Omnipotent, Beneficent God graces us with whatever we need to meet the challenge with Love. Whether, Yahweh, or 'Come' Holy Spirit, or Jesus Christ, the Holy name of God is truly efficacious. But the Holy name of Jesus is especially important in that He took on our flesh and died for us.
He is, therefore, truly God in solidarity with our suffering.
"Then he said to them, 'The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.'” Luke 6:1-5
When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about his disciples eating in the cornfield on the Sabbath, He reminded them that He was not just another guy. And the Pope is calling us to remember, and to witness to the world, that Jesus is not just another name, but the only name that truly heals all wounds, and mends all breeches, through faith and hope in the charity which comes from His Sacrificial Love for men and women, demonstrated Perfectly from upon His Cross.
So let's pray for Syria, and for the world, while faithfully proclaiming His Holy name, and, in hope, witnessing to His Charity in the world.