CAFOD PRAYERS for Thursday 4th September 2014
Feast of St Cuthbert
Opening Prayer (All)
Lord, open our eyes
and we shall behold your glory.
Lord, open our ears
and we shall hear your call.
Lord, open our hearts
and we shall know your love.
Lord, open our hands
and we shall show your generosity.
Lord, open our lives
and we shall reveal your glory. (David Adam)
Readings: 1 Cor 3:18-23
Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written,
‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’,
‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.’
So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
(c.f. Isaiah 6:1-8)
Prayers of Concern
Closing Prayer (All)
Lord, our minds seek to know you,
our hearts long to find you,
our souls desire to serve you.
Send us out, aware of your presence,
that our hearts may be renewed,
our minds refreshed,
our souls restored,
that we may reveal you to others,
and know you ourselves,
as Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (David Adam)