Monthly Prayers June 2016

One of our spiritual volunteers, Sue Allerton, has been writing the monthly prayers for over a decade. Her dedication to faith and CAFOD has been, and continues to be, truly inspiring to staff and volunteers across the diocese.

Calm us, Lord, and fill us with your presence.

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Scripture      2 Timothy 2:8-15

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 The saying is sure:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

14 Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

Psalm 24

Lord, make me know your ways,

Lord, teach me your paths.

Make we walk in your truth, and teach me:

for you are God my saviour.

In you I hope all day long.

The Lord is good and upright;

He shows the path to those who stray;

He guides the humble in the right path;

He teaches his way to the poor.

His ways are faithfulness and love

for those who keep his covenant and law.

The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him;

to them he reveals his covenant.

Gospel         Mark 12:28-34

28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ 29 Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one;

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32 Then the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that “he is one, and besides him there is no other”; 33 and “to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength”, and “to love one’s neighbour as oneself”,—this is much more important than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.’ 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Reflection

Love’s as hard as nails.

Love is nails:

blunt, thick, hammered through

the medial nerves of One

who, having made us, knew

the thing that He had done:

seeing (with all that is)

our cross, and His.

(C.S. Lewis)

Intercessions

Lord, bless us with the peace of heart that is able to resist the grip of tasks and goals and projects, so as to be always available to our sisters and brothers.  May we be responsive to the needs and pain of others.

Ref: Calm us, Lord, and fill us with your presence.

Closing Prayer

Lord, help us to listen well to your call within and about us.  As we invest ourselves in the detail of our work, let us always keep vividly before us the mission you have given us.  May the passion for your kingdom never abate within us.

Ref: Calm us, Lord, and fill us with your presence.

God of the listening heart,

God of quiet, ever attentive to the cries of your people,

ever compassionate in our pain,

bless us with the peace of your divine heart.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

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