CAFOD PRAYER 28.10.11.
Feast of Ss Simon & Jude
Find a quiet place: be comfortable: spend a few minutes quietening your mind and body, some find it helpful to listen to their breathing, others use a mantra, for instance, the name of Jesus. Relax all your muscles: consciously put yourself in the hands of God.
Thank you, Lord for calling me to prayer, guide all my thoughts and feelings, my memories, my imaginings during this time. May they be for your greater service and glory St. Simon and St. Jude pray with me, I make this prayer through Jesus the Lord. Amen
1st Reading St. Paul Ephesians 2:19 – 22
Now you are no longer strangers or guests, but fellow citizens of the holy people: you are of the household of God. You are the house whose foundations are the apostles and prophets, and whose cornerstone is Christ Jesus. In him the whole structure is joined together and rises to be a holy temple in the Lord. In him you too are being built to become the spiritual sanctuary of God.
You are the house of God. In biblical language this means: to belong to God’s family.
From there, Paul moves on to another image, you are the house, namely, the true temple of God. The community of believers form the temple, or better, is being transformed into the temple of God.
This imposing vision of the Church and our unity in the Church will perhaps astonish many Christians of today who are usually more aware of their responsibilities towards the world than towards the Church. Yet, of what spirit shall we be bearers, and shall we do this work if we are not supported by a community? Solidarity with those who share our options and our culture cannot replace participation in the Christian community. There are probably many things in the Christian community we are not happy with. However, it would be a bad sign if we were unable to recognise in it the truth that is missing in our non-Christian friends, and without which we would lose our reason for living.
Gospel Luke 6: 12 – 19
At this time Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God. When day came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them whom he called apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter and his brother Andrew, James and John: Philip and Bartholomew: Matthew and Thomas: James son of Alpheus and Simon called the Zealot; Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who would be the traitor.
Coming down the hill with them, Jesus stood on a level place. Many of his disciples were there and a large crowd of people who had come from all parts of Judea and Jerusalem and from the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon. They gathered to hear him and be healed of their diseases; likewise people troubled by evil spirits were healed. All the crowd tried to touch him because of the power which went out from him and healed them all.
Jesus keeps those he loves in his prayer, he prays because he wants to be certain he is doing the Father’s will.
Those chosen by Jesus will be tested in many ways. He is choosing people to build His/God’s Kingdom on the earth. Therefore Jesus wants to safeguard them through the power of His prayer. As St. Paul says, he chooses us for a purpose.
What does God want me to do to build His Kingdom here and now?
As Jesus prays for us so we follow His example and pray for others
Response Come O Holy Spirit
We pray for the leaders, prophets and teachers in the Church Response
We pray for leaders in the country “
We pray for pastoral workers in our parishes “
We pray for Cafod volunteers overseas Response
We pray for Cafod staff and supporters “
We pray for those who have asked for our prayers, namely…
A moment of quiet whilst we pray for our intentions
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end Amen.