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Tuesday prayers - 2007


April 2007

Tuesday 3rd April and Saturday 7th April 2007

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honour
at the table, he told them this parable:
“When someone invites you to a wedding feast,
do not take the place of honour,
for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.  
If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you,
‘Give this man your seat.’
Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.   
But when you are invited, take the lowest place,
so that when your host comes, he will say to you,
‘Friend, move up to a better place.’
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Jesus told them a parable:
“A certain man was preparing a great banquet
and invited many guests.  
At the time of the banquet
he sent his servant
to tell those who had been invited,
‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses.
The first said, ‘I have just bought a field,
and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
“Another said,
‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen,
and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “
Still another said,
‘I have just got married, so I can’t come.’
“The servant came back and reported this to his master.
Then the owner of the house
became angry and ordered his servant,
‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
“ ‘Sir,’ the servant said,
‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
“Then the master told his servant,
‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in,
so that my house will be full.   
I tell you, not one of those men who were invited
will get a taste of my banquet.’ ”

(Luke 14)


“Father in your hands I commit my spirit”.
The Father heard the fainting words of His son on the cross
and invites me to commit my own spirit
but in whose hands do I commit my spirit?

I commit my spirit in the hands of the school of learning
so that I can be prepared to excel and compete,
rather than in the hands of the school of love
so that I can be prepared to commit my life to the poor.

I commit my spirit in the hands of a respectable and well paid job
so that I can enjoy admiration and recognition,
rather than in the hands of a humble service
so that  I can enjoy relationships and the beauty of friendship.

I commit my spirit in the hands of the expectations of others
so that I might please them and satisfy their desires,
rather than in the hands of the weak and vulnerable people
so that I might share in my talents and find happiness.

I commit my spirit in the hands of my fears
so that I can accuse and criticize my colleagues,
rather than in the hands of confidence and trust
so that I can be merciful and understanding to  them.

I commit my spirit in the hands of power and success
so that I can control others and convince them to follow my will,
rather than in the hands of obedience
so that I can commit my life to the will of my Father.

I commit my spirit in the hands of the consideration of my superiors
so that they can admire my work and promote my career,
rather than in the hands of the poor
so that they can benefit my life with their grace.

Tuesday 13th March and Saturday 17th March 2007

“I tell you, my friends,
do not be afraid of those who kill the body
and after that can do no more.  
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?
Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Don’t be afraid;
you are worth more than many sparrows.
Someone in the crowd said to him,
“Teacher, tell my brother
to divide the inheritance with me.”
Jesus replied,
“Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”  
Then he said to them,
“Watch out!
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed;
a man’s life does not consist
in the abundance of his possessions.”
And he told them this parable:
“The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.   
He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do?
I have no place to store my crops.’
“Then he said,
‘This is what I’ll do.
I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones,
and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  
And I’ll say to myself,
“You have plenty of good things laid up for many years.
Take life easy;
eat, drink and be merry”.’
“But God said to him,
‘You fool!
This very night your life will be demanded from you.
Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
“This is how it will be
with anyone who stores up things for himself
but is not rich towards God.”
(Luke 12)

Tuesday 20th March and Saturday 24th March 2007

“Therefore I tell you,
do not worry about your life, what you will eat;
or about your body, what you will wear.  
Life is more than food,
and the body more than clothes.
Consider the ravens:
They do not sow or reap,
they have no storeroom or barn;
yet God feeds them.
And how much more valuable you are than birds!  
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Since you cannot do this very little thing,
why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the lilies grow.
They do not labour or spin.
Yet I tell you,
not even Solomon in all his splendour
was dressed like one of these.   
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,
which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
how much more will he clothe you,
O people of little faith!   
And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink;
do not worry about it.  
For the pagan world runs after all such things,
and your Father knows that you need them.   
But seek his kingdom,
and these things will be given to you as well.
“Do not be afraid, little flock,
for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.   
Sell your possessions and give to the poor.
Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out,
a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted,
where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.
(Luke 12)

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