CAFOD PRAYERS for Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Opening Meditation

Do not try to save

the whole world

or do anything grandiose.

Instead, create

a clearing

in the dense forest

of your life,

and wait there

patiently,

until the song

that is your life

falls into your own cupped hands

and you recognize and greet it.

Only then will you know

how to give yourself

to this world,

so worthy of rescue.

(Martha Postlethwaite)

 

Scripture

Matthew 8:23-27

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27 They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

 

John 20:24-29

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Intercessions

Let us pray for our global family, in solidarity and hope.

 

Concluding Prayer

“His state was divine,

yet he did not cling to his equality with God

but emptied himself

to assume the condition of a slave,

and became as we are,

and, being as we all are,

he was humbler yet,

even to accepting death,

death on a cross.

 

But God raised him high

and gave him the name

which is above all other names,

so that all beings –

in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld –

should bend the knee

at the name of Jesus,

and that every tongue

should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.”  (Phil 2:6-11)

 

Glory be the Father…..

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