CAFOD PRAYERS for Friday 29th July 2011
FEAST DAY OF ST MARTHA
For all those who cannot join us at Katherine House this Friday, please see below.
Opening Prayer A Prayer of Approach
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me’ (Lk 4: 18)
Jesus our friend, may we be prepared to listen. Let the Spirit be on us as we hear your Word.
Jesus our neighbour. May we be prepared to speak. Let the good news of liberation be announced among us.
Jesus our Saviour, may we be prepared to act. Let the signs of shalom be seen even here in this place. Terry Oakley
First Reading 1 John: 7 – 16
My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love.
God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him; this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but god’s love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.
My dear people, since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another. No one has ever seen God; but as long as we love one another God will live in us and his love will be complete in us. We can know that we are living in him and he is living in us because he lets us share his Spirit.
We ourselves saw and we testify that the Father sent his Son as saviour of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus in the Son of God, God lives in him, and he in God. We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves. God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.
SILENCE Shared Reflection
Gospel John 11: 17-26
On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already. Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to sympathise with them over their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house.
Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you’. ‘Your brother’ said Jesus to her ‘will rise again’. Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day’. Jesus said:
‘I am the resurrection. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die .Do you believe this?’
‘Yes Lord,’ she said ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.’
SILENCE Shared Reflection
1 .Lord, you bid us feed the hungry, aid the oppressed, shelter the homeless. You tell us to seek God’s justice for your world.
Response: May our prayers rise before you like incense
2. We pray for all those in fear of their lives within their own countries. (especially – name them). Response
3. We give thanks for all the agencies combating oppression, especially our Cafod partners overseas. We think particularly of Mary Clark and her companions in Ethiopia. Response
4. We pray for Cafod staff and volunteers in the U.K. Keep them going Lord with the enthusiasm of your love for us all Response
5. We pray for the sick and those who have asked for our prayers. (Pause)
St. Martha, pray they may receive the faith you had to believe in Christ the resurrection and the life
All: We make these prayers in the name of the one who has borne all our wounds and whose Spirit strengthens and guides us, now and forever. Amen.
Accept, Lord God, this, our offering of the fruits of our spirit, and the devotion of our hearts which we now present unto you. Bless them for your glory; use them for the building up of your church and the relief of those in need. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. Jessie Arnan