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CAFOD PRAYERS 2nd October

CAFOD PRAYERS for Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Feast of the Guardian Angels

also October 4th – Feast of St Francis of Assisi, and October 5th – Harvest Family Fast Day

Opening Prayer

As we come into your presence, Lord, deepen our love for you and move us to a deeper love for others.

Unite our prayer to action, our praise to justice, our adoration to social involvement.

Let us know that love of God and neighbour are entwined so that we may praise you with hearts that are open and bring justice to your people.

Amen. (CAFOD)

Scripture Job 3:11-17

11 “Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire? 12 Why were there knees to receive me, or breasts for me to suck? 13 Now I would be lying down and quiet; I would be asleep; then I would be at rest 14 with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuild ruins for themselves, 15 or with princes who have gold, who fill their houses with silver.

16 Or why was I not buried like a stillborn child, like an infant that never sees the light? 17 There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest.

Psalm 88

1 O LORD, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, 2 let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry.

3 For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.

4 I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; I am like those who have no help, 5 like those forsaken among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand.

6 You have put me in the depths of the Pit, in the regions dark and deep.

Matthew 18:1-6.10.11

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child, whom he put among them, 3 and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

6 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea.

10 “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven.

11”For the Son of Man came to save the lost.”

Reflection

Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, and the honor, and all blessing, To You alone, Most High, do they belong, and no human is worthy to mention Your name.

Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, Who is the day and through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; and bears a likeness of You, Most High One.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather, through whom You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom You light the night, and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.

Intercessions

Remembering Longora and our work in Uganda.

Concluding Prayer

Creator God.

in love you give life.

In your generosity

you create the gifts of the earth.

As daughters and sons of the same Father,

may we learn to share the plentiful gifts of creation, especially with those most in need.

Give us open hands and loving hearts,

so that we take less and give more.

We ask that all may benefit from your goodness,

and share in the fullness of life you have promised.

Amen.

A Celebration of St Oscar Romero 23rd October

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“An invitation for us to act as peacemakers in troubled times.”

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Based on the Gospel for Sunday 23 September 2018 – Mark 9: 30-37

This reflection and prayer were written by Sue Allerton, from Our Lady of Grace parish, Prestwich near Manchester. It is taken from CAFOD’s Weekly Reflections, to which you can subscribe. Sue has been contributing to the national weekly reflections for the last few weeks and prepares the CAFOD in Salford monthly prayers.

Jesus and his disciples are now travelling privately. The ministry in Galilee is over, the crowds are avoided and Jesus is instructing the disciples on the suffering of the Son of Man, “and three days after they have put him to death he will rise again.”

It is the second Passion prediction, and still the disciples do not understand. Instead, they are arguing about which of them is the greatest.

Jesus once again teaches them about the consequences of following him. “If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.”

Prestige and power are nowhere in his list of priorities; instead, like the child Jesus points to, the disciples are to become the lowliest of all, and the lowliest of all are to be welcomed in his name.

This gospel offers us an opportunity to change our ways, to see the suffering in our world and to act as peacemakers. When we see the world as Jesus did, those of us in positions of influence and power are called to offer our skills as servants to those most affected by conflict and war.

Father God, you call us to a life of service. Help us to be wise, not according to the world’s values, but according to your perfect plan, so that we can be kind and compassionate peacemakers in our troubled world. We ask in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

For more prayer resources visit the prayer page of the CAFOD website.