CAFOD in Salford Monthly Prayer

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!”’

Comment:

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.)

 

Intercessions

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.

CAFOD Prayers – January 2018

Tuesday 2 January

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Sign of the Cross

Opening Prayer:

He who comes

comes to us now

in the silence,

in the darkness,

in the confusion,

in the loneliness,

as Word and

as Light,

as Truth and

as Love:

Emmanuel,

God-with-us,

now.

                                       (Harry Wiggett)

Scripture      Numbers 6:22-27

22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,

24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

27 So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.

Galatians 4:4-7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Luke 2:16-21

16 So (the shepherds) went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Intercessions

Concluding Prayer

God, our dayspring and our dawn,

we turn to you when we fear the dark

and all around us weep.

We pray you greet us with your shining light

that we may spread your warm embrace

and kindle the hope of Christmas

in all whose lives remain in shadow.

Come and be our strength, O Lord,

our hope and our salvation.  Amen.             

       (Annabel Shilson-Thomas)

Monthly Prayers – October 2017

Awaken to the mystery of being here, and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.  (John O’Donohue)

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Opening Prayer:

O God of the poor and meek, form us into people who do not conform to the patterns of this world but who conform to the norms of your upside-down kingdom.  Give us the eyes to see you in those who suffer.  Surprise us in the faces of the least of these.  Move us into the margins of this world, and help us to find you there, in your most distressing disguises.

                             (Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals)

 

Scripture      Zechariah 8:20-23

20 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, the inhabitants of many cities; 21 the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, “Come, let us go to entreat the favour of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I myself am going.” 22 Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favour of the Lord. 23 Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten men from nations of every language shall take hold of a Jew, grasping his garment and saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

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Luke 9:51-62

51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to

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make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 Then they went on to another village.

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

Reflection

The latter half of Luke’s gospel, as Jesus embarks on his great journey to his death at Jerusalem, is marked by his teaching on the difficulties and challenges of discipleship.  Right at the beginning comes the little lesson that the disciple must not be surprised, or take vengeance, at rejection.  Then, three lessons on the uncompromising demands of discipleship.  These are not “counsels of perfection”, but demanded of every disciple of Jesus…… These conditions may seem unfeeling and unacceptably harsh: Jesus expresses his teaching with maximum vigour.  This is partly the nature of the Semitic language, which rarely uses a comparative.  It is either day or night, no dusk!  But we must beware of softening what must remain hard.

          From “The Sunday Word” by Henry Wansborough OSB 

Intercessions

 

Closing Prayer

 

Lord, make us to walk in your way;

where there is love and wisdom,

there is neither fear nor ignorance;

where there is patience and humility,

there is neither anger nor annoyance;

where there is poverty and joy,

there is neither greed nor ambition;

where there is peace and true prayer,

there is neither care nor restlessness;

where there is the fear of God to guard the heart,

there no enemy can enter;

where there is mercy and prudence,

there is neither excess nor harshness;

this we know through the example

of him who laid down his life for us,

your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

                   (Saint Francis of Assissi: “The Admonitions XXVII”)

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