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Tuesday prayers - 2007

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January 2007

Tuesday 30th January and Saturday 3rd February 2007
Dear friends,
let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God,
because God is love.
This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world
that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God,
but that he loved us.
Dear friends,
since God so loved us,
we also ought to love one another.
No-one has ever seen God;
but if we love one another,
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
We know that we live in him and he in us,
because he has given us of his Spirit.
And we have seen and testify that the Father
has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.  
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
God lives in him and he in God.  
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  
In this way, love is made complete among us
so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment,
because in this world we are like him.  
There is no fear in love.
But perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us.
If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.
For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen,
cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  
And he has given us this command:
Whoever loves God must also love his brother.    (1 Jn 4,7-21)



Prayer

Father, giver of all life,
as you send the rain to revive the soil,
send your Holy Spirit to revive our poor hearts.
Send your spirit of the gospel,
that we may live the joy of inviting the poor to the feast of our life.
Send your spirit of beatitudes,
that we may choose to serve and not to be served.
Send your Spirit of sharing,
that we may find more joy in giving than in receiving .
Send your spirit of care and tenderness,
that we may witness your love among our beneficiaries.
Send your spirit of discipline,
that we may persevere and remain faithful in our prayer.
Send your spirit of understanding and patience,
to help us carry happily one another’s burden.
Send your spirit of forgiveness and mercy,
that we may welcome our weaknesses and those of others.
Send your spirit of compassion,
that we may become friends to those who have no friends.
Send your spirit of littleness,
that we may heal our inclination to compete and dominate.
Send your spirit of humility,
that we may choose the last place and never judge or criticize anyone.
Send your spirit of appreciation,
that we may call forth the best from everyone.
Send your spirit of unity,
that we may hold our diversity as a treasure.
Send your spirit of gratitude,
that we may live the joy of our service and be grateful forever.




Tuesday 9thJanuary and Saturday 13th January 2007

That which was from the beginning,
which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked at and our hands have touched,
this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  
The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it,
and we proclaim to you the eternal life,
which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard,
so that you also may have fellowship with us.
And our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus Christ.  
We write this to make our joy complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:
God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.   
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness,
we lie and do not live by the truth.  
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin,
we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.   
If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.    
If we claim we have not sinned,
we make him out to be a liar
and his word has no place in our lives.        (1 John 1)

Tuesday 16th January and Saturday 20th January 2007
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
Whoever loves his brother lives in the light,
and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.
But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!
Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.
We know that we have passed from death to life,
because we love our brothers.
Anyone who does not love remains in death.
Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer,
and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.




This is how we know what love is:
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
If anyone has material possessions
and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him,
how can the love of God be in him?
Dear children,
let us not love with words or mere talk
but with actions and in truth.
This then is how we know that we belong to the truth,
and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence
whenever our hearts condemn us.
For God is greater than our hearts,
and he knows everything.
Dear friends, we have confidence before God.
(1 John2/3)

Tuesday 23rd January and Saturday 27th January 2007

Dear friends,
do not believe every spirit,
but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,
because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This is how you can recognise the Spirit of God:
every spirit that acknowledges
that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus
is not from God.
This is the spirit of the antichrist,
which you have heard is coming
and even now is already in the world.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them,
because the one who is in you
is greater than the one who is in the world.
They are from the world and therefore
speak from the viewpoint of the world,
and the world listens to them.
We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us;
but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.
This is how we recognise the Spirit of truth
and the spirit of falsehood.                    (1 Jn 4,1-6)

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