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Tuesday prayers - 2007


November 2007

Tuesday 30th October 2007 and 3rd November 2007.

Going on from that place,
he went into their synagogue,
and a man with a paralysed hand was there.
Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him,
“Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
He said to them,
“If any of you has a sheep
and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath,
will you not take hold of it and lift it out?
How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!
Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Then he said to the man,
“Stretch out your hand.”
So he stretched it out
and it was completely restored,
just as sound as the other.
But the Pharisees went out
and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place.
Many followed him,
and he healed all their sick,
warning them not to tell who he was.
This was to fulfil what was spoken
through the prophet Isaiah:
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
He will not quarrel or cry out;
no-one will hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he leads justice to victory.
In his name the nations will put their hope.”
(Mt.  12, 9-21)

I have waged this war
against myself for many years.
It was terrible, but I am disarmed.
I am no longer frightened of anything
because love banishes fear.

I am disarmed of the need to be right
And to justify myself by disqualifying others.
I am no longer on the defensive
holding onto my  riches.

I just want to welcome and to share.
I don’t hold onto my ideas and projects.
If someone shows me something better-
No, I shouldn’t say better, but good-
I accept them without any regrets
I no longer seek to compare.
What is good, true and real
is always for me the best.
That is why I have no fear.

When we are disarmed and disposed of self,
if we open our hearts to God
who makes all things new
then he takes away past hurts
and reveals a new time
where everything is possible.

-Patriarch Athenogoras of constantinople

Saturday 13th October 2007 and Tuesday 16th October 2007.

On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching
in one of the synagogues,
and a woman was there
who had been crippled by a spirit
for eighteen years.
She was bent over
and could not straighten up at all.
When Jesus saw her,
he called her forward and said to her,
“Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”
Then he put his hands on her,
and immediately she straightened up
and praised God.
Indignant because
Jesus had healed on the Sabbath,
the synagogue ruler said to the people,
“There are six days for work.
So come and be healed on those days,
not on the Sabbath.”
The Lord answered him,
“You hypocrites!
Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath
untie his ox or donkey from the stall
and lead it out to give it water?
Then should not this woman,
a daughter of Abraham,
whom Satan has kept bound
for eighteen long years,
be set free on the Sabbath day
from what bound her?”
When he said this,
all his opponents were humiliated,
but the people were delighted
with all the wonderful things he was doing.
(Lk 13, 10-17)

Tuesday 23rd October 2007 and Saturday 27th October 2007.

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Do not judge and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  
Give and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over,
will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you.

He also told them this parable:
“Can a blind man lead a blind man?
Will they not both fall into a pit?
A student is not above his teacher,
but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust
in your brother’s eye
and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  
How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’
when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye,
and then you will see clearly to
remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
“No good tree bears bad fruit,
nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
Each tree is recognised by its own fruit.
People do not pick figs from thorn-bushes,
or grapes from briers.
The good man brings good things
out of the good stored up in his heart,
and the evil man brings evil things
out of the evil stored up in his heart.
For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
(Lk 6, 36-45)

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