November Prayers

CAFOD PRAYERS for Tuesday 1st November 2016

Feast of All Saints

Opening Prayer

Leader:      Abba Father,

We are here

For you,

For ourselves,

For the world,

For the moment,

We are here…..

All:    Lord, bless our time together,

         and unite us in fellowship.

         In listening to one another,

         may we hear the inspiring voice of your spirit

         and grow in the transforming power

         you have breathed among us.

         We make this prayer

         in the name of Jesus the Lord.

         Amen.

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1 John 3:1-3

See what love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Gospel         Matthew 5:1-12

Blessed are the downtrodden, the worthless:

God’s Kingdom is indeed for them.

Blessed are the bereft:

they shall be given strength and comfort.

Blessed are the lowly, the exploited:

they shall enjoy their possessions in peace.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice:

they shall receive it.

Blessed are the merciful:

they shall share in God’s love.

Blessed are those who are committed:

they shall be filled with the glory of God.

Blessed are the peacemakers:

they shall be God’s heirs.

Blessed are those who suffer in the struggle for justice:

God’s Kingdom is theirs already.

          (Translation by Giles Hibbert OP)

Reflection

The biblical concept of justice is central to the formation of the people of God; it is at the heart of the idea of “the Kingdom”.  The role of the Messiah is to bring justice, peace and love to God’s people; to bring the outsider in, to proclaim the Good News to the weak, the oppressed, the dispossessed – to tell them that they are God’s heirs.

The Beatitudes in Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, far from being a message of pie in the sky for the would-be pious, are a call for us, his disciples, to take part in the messianic work – to work for “the Kingdom”, the “day of Yahweh”, here and now.

(Giles Hibbert OP, 1996)

Intercessions

Particularly remembering the Saints to whom we owe our faith.

Closing Prayer

Lord, give us courage to follow you

wherever your path may lead.

When the way is unclear,

direct our faltering steps.

When the way is hard,

show us the stepping stones of life.

In time of darkness,

be a light to our feet

and, in times of despair,

offer us the colour of hope.

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 Amen    

(Annabel Shilson-Thomas)

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