CAFOD PRAYERS: Tuesday 13th November 2018

Opening Invitation

Lord, today brings:

Paths to discover;

Possibilities to choose;

People to encounter;

Peace to possess;

Promises to fulfill;

Perplexities to ponder;

Power to strengthen;

Pointers to guide;

Pardon to accept;

Praises to sing; and a

Presence to proclaim.

from “Borderlands” by David Adams


Scripture    Titus 2:1-14

But as for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine. Tell the older men to be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance.

Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behaviour, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.

Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.

Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to answer back, 10 not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Saviour.

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 14 He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

Note:  Nicholas King writes that Christianity has always had to walk uneasily between fidelity to its entirely radical message and making itself attractive to a majority at ease with something more comfortable. How should Christians strike the balance between being accommodating to the society we live in and being faithful to the demands of the Gospel?

Verses 11 to 14 are given as a reading on Christmas Day. God became human so that we can become divine. We must respond to this Appearing by preparing for his final Appearing.

Gospel:  Luke 17:7-10

‘Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, “Come here at once and take your place at the table”? Would you not rather say to him, “Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink”?

Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!”’


Henry Wansborough says that we have no right to expect our work to be rewarded.  Only our admission of helplessness and our trust in God’s power can transform us.  Remember the Last Supper. Who was the servant who washed their feet?

(N.B. Not all parables are allegories.  The severe master isn’t God.)



Especially in November, we remember all our CAFOD friends and colleagues who have died.


Concluding Prayer

A blessing on you who are poor;

Yours is the Kingdom of God.

A blessing on you who mourn;

You shall be comforted.

A blessing on you who hunger for justice;

You shall be satisfied.

A blessing on you who make peace;

You shall be called children of God.

A blessing on you who are persecuted

for the cause of right;

Yours is the Kingdom of Heaven.


O God, lead us, that we may stand firm in faith for justice;

Teach us love, teach us compassion;

above all, out of love and compassion,

teach us to act.

Sunday Gospel Reflection

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“But in those days, after that time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light… Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Based on the gospel for Sunday 18 November – Mark 13:24-32

This reflection and prayer were written by Joy Wanless, from Our Lady of Grace parish, Prestwich near Manchester. It is taken from CAFOD’s Weekly Reflections, to which you can subscribe. Joy has been contributing to the national weekly reflections for the last few weeks and is a CAFOD volunteer.

Haylay in northern Ethiopia is no stranger to distress. Years of drought have left many communities here without enough food or drink. Disease has broken out, people have been displaced in a country still recovering from war. The security of Nature’s seasons has deserted the land. It might easily appear that the end is fast approaching.

Still God is good. CAFOD works alongside Haylay, providing chickens and training on how to raise poultry. Despite hardship, Haylay can say, “Life is great. I am happy now and I am grateful to those who helped me.”

Can we say life is great? Are we suffering from the stresses of everyday life, unable to notice the glory of autumn leaves as the season changes and the glory of the Lord shines around us? Do we open our eyes to see Jesus in our brothers and sisters?

Do we listen to the words of Jesus that will never pass away, which encourage us to act now for justice, like offering support for Haylay? Lord, you have promised you are with us to the end of time. We thank you for the confidence of knowing your love, and pray we may share it with others.

Provider God,

May we never grow complacent in times of plenty. May we remember the seasons of life. May we watch for signs of distress in our fellow brothers and sisters and respond, daily remaining alert to the word of God which encourages and guides us in your way of love.


For more prayer resources visit the prayer page of the CAFOD website.

“But she in her poverty has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.” Sunday Gospel Reflection

Based on the gospel for Sunday 11 November – Mark 12:38-44


This reflection and prayer were written by Joy Wanless, from Our Lady of Grace parish, Prestwich near Manchester. It is taken from CAFOD’s Weekly Reflections, to which you can subscribe. Joy will be contributing to the national weekly reflections for the next week or two and is a CAFOD volunteer.

It’s easy to judge by our own standards, to sometimes forget that all good gifts come from God. Some have gifts to offer to food banks. Some are dependent on food banks for the basics to feed their families. There are those who are permanently hungry who Jesus watches just as closely.

Margaret in Batiama, Sierra Leone, experiences the “hungry season”, while they wait for the harvest. Margaret is a widow who was struggling to keep her family.

Her life was changed with a small loan from CAFOD which enabled her to buy supplies and set up a shop in her home. She received training on how to make her business a success. Margaret now earns enough to support her children. She can pass on the gift of the loan and another family’s lives have been changed.

She says, “I want to thank CAFOD for appreciating women – especially widowed women fending for themselves.”

What loan can we offer to others?  Prayer, friendship, time, money, comforts? What do we have to put in the offering?

What can we give which, like the widow’s mite, isn’t just in excess of our needs but is a genuine gift from the heart?

Dear Lord, we thank you for your abundant provisions for our lives. We thank you that you show us the way. You don’t judge. You love.  Let’s put our wealth, a gift from you, in the offering and share your love. Amen.

For more prayer resources visit the prayer page of the CAFOD website.