Monthly prayers are written & compiled by spirituality volunteer, Sue Allerton. You can join us for prayers at 11am on the first Tuesday of the month at the CAFOD Salford Volunteer Centre.
May all I do today begin with you, O Lord.
Plant dreams and hopes within my soul,
revive my tired spirit;
be with me today.
May all I do today continue with your help, O Lord.
Be at my side and walk with me;
be my support today.
May all I do today reach far and wide, O Lord.
My thoughts, my work, my life –
make them blessings for your kingdom;
Let them go beyond today, O God.
Scripture: Galatians 5:1-6, 18:22-23
1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
2 Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law. 4 You who want to be justified by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.
Gospel: Luke 11:37-41
37 While he was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dine with him; so he went in and took his place at the table. 38 The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not first wash before dinner. 39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41 So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you.
Notes on scripture:
Here we have two accounts of the teething troubles of the very early church. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, written around AD54, uses strong language to warn the Gentile Christians about “the different Gospel” being preached by the Jewish Christians of Palestine, that the Mosaic law had to be observed even by them. This is Paul’s manifesto about Christian freedom.
Luke wrote his Gospel and Acts around 80 to 85 AD. He was confronting the same problem of membership rights. Internally, he battles against Jewish Christian converts – the Pharisees of his Gospel – who wanted to apply over-strict entrance requirements. For Luke, the new Israel included Gentiles, the poor, women, Samaritans, rich tax-collectors, as well as the elect. And, externally, he faced harassment from local Jewish synagogue leaders, especially with regard to the interpretation of scripture about Jesus, the fulfillment of God’s promises. This passage is followed by six “woes” to the pharisees and lawyers.
We pray for our partners around the world and for the petitions of our volunteers
To you, Creator of nature and humanity, of truth and beauty, I pray:
Hear my voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and violence, among individuals and nations.
Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer, and will suffer, when people put their faith in weapons and war.
Hear my voice when I beg you to instill, into the hearts of all human beings, the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice and the joy of fellowship.
Hear my voice and grant insight and strength, so that we may always respond to hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication of justice, to need with the sharing of self, to war with peace.
O God, hear my voice, and grant unto the world your everlasting peace.
Pope John Paul II