Opening Prayer ALL
A thick and shapeless tree-trunk would never believe that it could become a statue,
admired as a miracle of sculpture, and would never submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor,
who sees by her genius what she can make of it.
I ask for the grace to let myself be shaped by my loving Creator.
First Reading Acts 9: 1-20
Meanwhile Saul considered nothing but violence and death for the disciples of the Lord. He went to the High Priest and asked him for letters t the synagogues of Damascus that would authorize him to arrest and bring to Jerusalem anyone he might find, man or woman, belonging to the Way.
As he travelled along and was approaching Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?” And he asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The voice replied, “I am Jesus whom you persecute. Now get up and go into the city; there you will be told what you are to do.”
The men who were travelling with him stood there speechless: they had heard the sound, but could see no one. Saul got up from the ground and, opening his eyes, he could not see. They took him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. He was blind and he did not eat or drink for three days.
There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, to whom the Lord called in a vision, “Ananias!” He answered, “Here I am Lord!” Then the Lord said to him, “Go to Straight Street and ask, at the house of Judas, for a man of Tarsus named Saul. You will find him praying, for he has just seen in a vision that a man named Ananias has come in and placed his hands upon him, to restore his sight.”
Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem, and now he is here with authority from the High Priest to arrest all who call upon your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to bring my name to the pagan nations and their kings, and the people of Israel as well. I myself will show him how much he will have to suffer for my name.”
So Ananias left and went to the house. He laid his hands upon Saul and said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me to you so that you may receive your sight and be filled with Holy Spirit.” Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes and he could see; he got up and was baptised. Then he took food and was strengthened.
Gospel John 6: 52 – 59
Then the Jews started arguing with one another: “How can this man give us his flesh to ear?” they said. Jesus replied: “I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink, he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me. This is the bread come down from heaven; not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live forever.” He taught this doctrine in Capernaum, in the synagogue.
Prayer In Response ALL
Jesus, may all that is you flow into me. May your body and blood be my food and drink
May your passion and death be my strength and life. Jesus, with you by my side enough has been given.
May the shelter I seek be the shadow of your cross, let me not run from the love which you offer,
But hold me safe from the forces of evil. On each of my dyings shed your light and your love.
Keep calling to me until that day comes, when, with your saints, I may praise you forever. Amen.
Prayers of Concern
For the work of Cafod: For our overseas partners: For UK staff and volunteers
For the sick: For those who have died: Personal Intentions
Closing Prayer Dancing for Justice ALL
O God, keep us moving from oppression to liberation
From caution to courage, from walking away to walking towards
From being silent to speaking out, move me from being closed to being open.
Turn my cold heart to one of passion; teach me to lift up and not to put down,
To reach in for your inspiration, so as to reach out to others:
O God, keep me moving, move my body and my soul,
Move me to move with you in your dance for justice.