Wednesday Prayer – 22nd April 2020

Psalm 33

I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad.
Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free.
Look towards him and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed. This poor man called him; the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress.
The angel of the Lord is encamped around those who revere him, to rescue them. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him.

Litany of Praise

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good
for his love endures for ever.

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:1-7

Blessed be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth as his sons, by raising Jesus Christ from the dead, so that we have a sure hope and the promise of an inheritance that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away, because it is being kept for you in the heavens. Through your faith, God’s power will guard you until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the end of time. This is a cause of great joy for you, even though you may for a short time have to bear being plagued by all sorts of trials; so that, when Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith will have been tested and proved like gold and then you will have praise and glory and honour. The word of the Lord.

Reflection: (Fr.Silvester O’Flynn OFM.Cap.)

The familiar saying goes: ‘Seeing is believing’. But seeing is not sufficient for believing. For seeing only touches the outer, physical evidence, whereas believing belongs to the interior, invisible areas of life. Once, there was one preacher of the kingdom: Jesus, sent by the Father. And then, in the time of the resurrection, the one became many when the Church was born: the risen Lord sent out the disciples in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit, in time, inspired four evangelists to write down the Church’s memory of Jesus Christ for teaching all ages. Four gospels, one for each point of the compass, N,E,W and S. But even four gospels are not enough to convince people that the Messiah has come. A fifth gospel is needed: the gospel written by you and me in the evidence of our lives.

Cautious Thomas needed time. He was sceptical of words alone. He would wait to observe the behaviour of those who were speaking so excitedly of the appearance of the Lord to them. Down the years of history the witness of people like Francis and Dominic, Clare and Therese, stirred the faith of people more effectively than libraries of learned books. People are moved to believe when they meet the risen Lord in authentic people of grace.

Easter is to hear the risen Lord say to you: ‘I am sending you out’. To easter with him is to rise into . . . believing that you are loved by God, and daring to hope and trust in his presence and power. In the power of the Spirit let there be . . . new life in your heart, new light in your face, and new joy in your believing. The Messiah has been sent by the Father. And he has sent you, baptised Christians, to win the world from the darkness of sin. Blessed are those whose life enables others to see and to believe.

Intercessions

Hear us, Lord of Life!

Closing Prayer

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain, he that for three days in the grave had lain. Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen: love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving or in pain, thy touch can call us back to life again. Fields of our heart that dead and bare have been: love is come again like wheat that springeth green!

Wednesday Prayer – 15th April 2020

Psalm 99

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing for joy.
Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him,
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.
Go within his gates giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.
Indeed, how good is the Lord, eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age.

Litany of Praise

We bless your holy name!

Scripture Reading: John 14:23-27

Jesus said: Anyone who loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make a home in him. Anyone who does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not my own: it is the word of the Father who sent me. I have said these things while still with you; but the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: (Pope Francis – The Joy of Discipleship)

The joy of the Gospel is not just any joy. It consists in knowing one is welcomed and loved by God. God is the One who comes to save us and who seeks to help, especially those who are fearful of heart. His coming among us strengthens us, makes us steadfast, gives us courage, makes the desert rejoice and blossom – that is, when our lives become arid. And when do our lives become arid? When they lack the water of God’s Word and his Spirit of love. However great our limitations and dismay, we are not allowed to be sluggish and vacillating when faced with difficulty and our own weakness. On the contrary, we are invited to strengthen the weak hands, to make firm the feeble knees, to be strong and to fear not, because our God always shows us the greatness of his mercy.
He gives us the strength to go forward. Thanks to his help, we can always begin again. Why? Because he is waiting for you, he is close to you, he loves you, he is merciful, he forgives you. And we are able to open our eyes again, to overcome sadness and mourning to strike up a new song. And this true joy remains even amid trial, even amid suffering, for it is not a superficial joy; it permeates the depths of the person who entrusts himself to the Lord and confides in him.
No one has ever heard of a sad saint with a mournful face. This is unheard of. It would be a contradiction. The Christian’s heart is filled with peace because he knows how to place his joy in the Lord even when going through the difficult moments in life. To have faith does not mean to never have difficult moments but to have the strength to face those moments, knowing that we are not alone. And this is the peace that God gives to his children.

Intercessions

Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Closing Prayer

You are the King of Glory. You are the Prince of Peace.
You are the Lord of heaven and earth.
You’re the Son of righteousness.
Angels bow down before you, worship and adore,
for you have the words of eternal life, you are Jesus Christ the Lord. Hosanna to the Son of David. Hosanna to the King of Kings. Glory in the highest heavens for Jesus the Messiah reigns!

Wednesday Prayer – 1st April 2020

Psalm 137/138

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart,
you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will bless you.
I will adore before your holy temple.
I thank you for your faithfulness and love
which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered; you increased the strength of my soul.
All the rulers on earth shall thank you
when they hear the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the Lord’s ways: “How great is the glory of the Lord!”
Though I walk in the midst of affliction
you give me life and frustrate my foes.
You stretch out your hand and save me,
Your hand will do all things for me. Your love, O Lord, is eternal,
discard not the work of your hands.

Litany of Praise:

We thank you for your faithfulness and love.

Scripture Reading: John 19:28-30

After Jesus had spoken to His mother, he knew that everything had now been completed and, so that the scripture should be completely fulfilled, he said: I am thirsty. A jar full of sour wine stood there; so, putting a sponge soaked in the wine on a hyssop stick, they held it up to his mouth. After Jesus had taken the wine he said, ‘It is fulfilled’; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit.

Reflection: (Saint Teresa of Calcutta)

I know you through and through – I know everything about you. Nothing in your life in unimportant to me, I have followed you through the years, and I have always loved you – even in your wanderings. Do you thirst for love? “Come to me all you who thirst”. (John 7:37) I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be cherished? I cherish you more than you can imagine to the point of dying on a cross for you. I thirst for you. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe my love for you: I thirst for you. I thirst to love and to be loved by you – that is how precious you are to me. I thirst for you. Come to me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds. . . I want you to remember always one thing that will never change: I thirst for you – just as you are.

INTERCESSIONS: Lord, in your mercy . . . Hear our prayer

Closing Prayer of Sorrow:

Lord Jesus Christ, you willingly accepted the pain and suffering of your Passion and Death out of your everlasting love for me. I now must accept responsibility for my part in causing you such pain and anguish.

I am Judas, when I betray the trust placed in me by You and by others.

I am Peter, when I deny Your love for me and am too cowardly to proclaim Your greatness to the world.

I am one of those fearful disciples when I run away from those who need me, for fear of what it may cost.

I am Pilate, when I refuse to listen to the truth, when I refuse to take any responsibility for the injustices in the world, when I take the easy way out.

I am one of that crowd who shouted “Crucify Him”, when I am swayed by the opinions and judgements of others, when I accept their standards of behaviour and reject Your words of truth and life.

I am one of those soldiers who scourged and mocked You, when I cause pain to others through my selfishness and callous indifference.

I am one of those women of Jerusalem who can weep for the sins of others, but am too blind to see my own.

Lord, I am sorry for the evil I have done and the good I have failed to do. Forgive me, Lord, and never let me be parted from You.

Then, with Your help, I will be Simon, helping to bear the burdens of others.

I will be Veronica, forgetting myself and reaching out to those who suffer starvation, sickness, pain, loneliness and despair.

I will be Mary, silently bearing the sufferings of those I love, and faithful to Your will in all things.

And I will be You, Lord, gladly accepting the pains of this life and joyfully sharing Your gifts of love and peace with all our people.

Glory be to You, Lord, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine!