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Tuesday prayers - 2007


December 2007

Tuesday 11th December 2007

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom
for those who were in distress.
In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun
and the land of Naphtali,
but in the future he will honour Galilee of the Gentiles,
by the way of the sea, along the Jordan
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as men rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9, 1-6)



I meet you there
in the truth of my life
where you are waiting for me
in the silence of my prayer
and in the service of the poor.

I meet you there
at the feet of the cross
where my brother is suffering
and my sister is rejected
in the darkness of their solitude.

I meet you there
in the unity of our hearts
where forgiveness is granted
and a new chance is offered
to a son who has been away.

I meet you there
in the anguish of my failure
where my friends abandon me,
I shall see you kneeling down
to wash my dirty feet.

I meet you there
in the beauty of your love
where I find my consolation
and my heart has been changed
by the gift of the poor.

Tuesday 27th November 2007 and Saturday 1st December 2007.

The hand of the Lord was upon me,
and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord
and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.   
He led me to and fro among them,
and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley,
bones that were very dry.
He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “O Lord, you alone know.” Then he said to me,
“Prophesy to these bones and say to them,
‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!  
I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.  
I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you
and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you,
and you will come to life.
Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ ”
So I prophesied as I was commanded.
And as I was prophesying,
there was a noise, a rattling sound,
and the bones came together, bone to bone.
I looked, and tendons
and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them,
but there was no breath in them.
Then he said to me,
“Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it,
Come from the four winds, O breath,
and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’
” So I prophesied as he commanded me,
and breath entered them;
they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
Then he said to me:
“Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.
They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone;
we are cut off.’  
Therefore prophesy and say to them:
O my people, I am going to open your graves
and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord,
when I open your graves and bring you up from them.   
I will put my Spirit in you and you will live,
and I will settle you in your own land.
Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken,
and I have done it, declares the Lord.’ ”
(Ezek. 37, 1-14)                

Tuesday 4th December 2007 and Saturday 8th December 2007

In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple
will be raised above the hills,
and peoples will stream to it.
Many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war any more.
“In that day,” declares the Lord,
“I will gather the lame;
I will assemble the exiles
and those I have brought to grief.
I will make the lame a remnant,
those driven away a strong nation.
With what shall I come before the Lord?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly,
to love with tenderness
and to walk humbly with your God.
(Micah 6, 6-8)

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