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Tuesday prayers - 2007


October 2007

Tuesday 2nd October 2007 and 6th October 2007

An argument developed between some of John’s disciples
and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 
They came to John and said to him,
“Rabbi, that man who was with you
on the other side of the Jordan
the one you testified about well,
he is baptising, and everyone is going to him.”
To this John replied,
“A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.
You yourselves can testify that I said,
‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’
The bride belongs to the bridegroom.
The friend who attends the bridegroom waits
and listens for him,
and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice.
That joy is mine, and it is now complete.
He must become greater; I must become less.
“The one who comes from above is above all;
the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth,
and speaks as one from the earth.
The one who comes from heaven is above all. 
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
but no-one accepts his testimony.
The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God,
for God gives the Spirit without limit.
The Father loves the Son
and has placed everything in his hands.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever rejects the Son will not see life,
for God’s wrath remains on him.”
(John 3,25-36)

It is finished!
Lord, it is finished, What is finished?
The temptation
which started in the desert
and followed you even on the cross
when a poor criminal challenged you:
“If you are the Lord
save yourself and us”.
The crowd echoed that criminal,
tempting you even more:
“Come down from the cross
and we will believe in you.”

It is the temptation
to refuse the weakness,
to show power,
to be strong,
to reject the naked poverty of your cross.
It is also my temptation
to refuse my weaknesses,
to strive for perfection,
to prove my value,
to be impatient with the fragilities of others.

Lord Jesus, It is finished on the cross
your struggle to save me:
from that victory of love
every cross is your home,
every suffering is your cathedral,
and every crucified is your image
still attracting everyone of us
to you for ever!

Tuesday 18th September 2007 and 22nd September 2007

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover,
Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
In the temple courts he found men selling cattle,
sheep and doves,
and others sitting at tables exchanging money.
So he made a whip out of cords,
and drove all from the temple area,
both sheep and cattle;
he scattered the coins of the money-changers
and overturned their tables. 
To those who sold doves he said,
“Get these out of here!
How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”
His disciples remembered that it is written:
“Zeal for your house will consume me.”
Then the Jews demanded of him,
“What miraculous sign can you show us
to prove your authority to do all this?”
Jesus answered them,
“Destroy this temple,
and I will raise it again in three days.”
The Jews replied,
“It has taken forty-six years to build this temple,
and you are going to raise it in three days?” 
But the temple he had spoken of was his body.  
After he was raised from the dead,
his disciples recalled what he had said.
Then they believed the Scripture
and the words that Jesus had spoken.

(John 2, 13-22)

Tuesday 25th September 2007 and 29th September 2007

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus,
a member of the Jewish ruling council.
He came to Jesus at night and said,
“Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God.
For no-one could perform the miraculous signs
you are doing if God were not with him.”
In reply Jesus declared,
“I tell you the truth,
no-one can see the kingdom of God
unless he is born again.”
“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked.
“Surely he cannot enter a second time
into his mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered,
“I tell you the truth,
no-one can enter the kingdom of God
unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 
Flesh gives birth to flesh,
but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
The wind blows wherever it pleases.
You hear its sound,
but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
“God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son
into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done
has been done through God.”
(John 3, 1-9/16-17/20-21)

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