Monthly Prayers February

Plerase join us either at Katherine House 11am Friday 25th February, or be with us in spirit following our prayers and mediatation. This months prayer sheet is below:-

CAFOD PRAYERS for Friday 25th February 2011
 
We gather in God’s name
 
 

God in our thinking, God in our speaking
 

We call on the clarity of God to meet us in our confusion
 

God in our acting, God in our stillness
 

We call on the mercy of God to meet us in our brokenness
 

God in our waking, God in our sleeping
 

(Iona Abbey Worship Book)
 

Scripture reading
 
 

 

Opening Prayer
Mark 10:6-12 (today’s Gospel), 13-16, 23-25
 

“But at the beginning of creation God „made them male and female.‟ „For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.‟ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Commentary
 

At first sight, the Gospel for today does not seem relevant to our work for justice and peace, and we might well ask why we are using it as a basis for today’s prayer.
It would be helpful to read on. After the teaching on divorce, where Jesus is stressing that a woman has equal rights and responsibilities in marriage, Mark has Jesus rebuking the disciples about their attitude to children, and then has the story of the rich young man, who wanted to know how to achieve eternal life. In all three stories, Jesus reverses the status quo, the conventional attitudes towards women, children and the poor, all of whom were considered nobodies, the underside of society, the have-nots, the oppressed. But Jesus tips these ideas and values upside down; he is never interested in status or power or wealth. Seen in this light, these readings are very relevant for today.

Prayers of Intercession
Closing prayer

God’s blessing be ours;
the blessing of pilgrims
all the nights and days

of our journey home.

(Iona)
 
 

 

We claim Christ’s promised presence
 
We call on the power of God to meet us in our helplessness
 

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