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Tuesday prayers - 2008

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Tuesday 17th and 21st Saturday November 2009

Jesus entered Jericho

and was passing through.

A man was there

by the name of Zacchaeus;

he was a chief tax collector

and was wealthy.

He wanted to see who Jesus was,

but being a short man

he could not,

because of the crowd.

So he ran ahead

and climbed a sycamore-fig tree

to see him,

since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot,

he looked up and said to him,

“Zacchaeus,

come down immediately.

I must stay

at your house today.”

So he came down at once

and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this

and began to mutter,

“He has gone

to be the guest of a ‘sinner’.”

But Zacchaeus stood up

and said to the Lord,

“Look, Lord! Here and now

I give half

of my possessions to the poor,

and if I have cheated anybody

out of anything,

I will pay back

four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him,

“Today salvation

has come to this house,

because this man, too,

is a son of Abraham.

For the Son of Man came to seek

and to save what was lost.”

(Lk. 19, 1-10)






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DO NOT BE AFRAID

Do not be afraid my little child,

because you are my beloved

and I am well pleased with you.

Do not be afraid my little child,

because I love you as I love Jesus

and I care for you as the dearest of my children.

Do not be afraid my little child,

because I dress with beauty the flowers of the field

and I shall dress with love every day of your life.

Do not be afraid my little child,

because I care for each bird of the air

and much more will I take care of your needs.

Do not be afraid my little child,

because I trust your heart more than you do

and I send you as I sent Jesus.

Do not be afraid my little child,

because you are dear to me

and I will protect you wherever you go.

Do not be afraid my little child,

for the pain you will endure

because I will be with you till the end of time.

Do not be afraid my little child,

when violence and death overwhelm you

because life and resurrection will prevail in the end.

Do not be afraid my little child,

take hold of my hand and have faith

even when confusion and doubt surround your life.

Do not be afraid my little child,

because love banishes fear

and my love for you has no limits.

Do not be afraid my little child,

your own faith has saved you

and you will do greater things than I have done.

Do not be afraid my little child,

because the poor will always be with you

and in them you will meet me everyday.

Tuesday 3rd and Saturday 7th November 2009

To some who were confident

of their own righteousness

and looked down on everybody else,

Jesus told this parable:

“Two men went up

to the temple to pray,

one a Pharisee

and the other a tax collector.

The Pharisee stood up

and prayed about himself:

‘God, I thank you

that I am not like other men

robbers, evildoers, adulterers

or even like this tax collector.

I fast twice a week

and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector

stood at a distance.

He would not even look up to heaven,

but beat his breast and said,

‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man,

rather than the other,

went home justified before God.

For everyone who exalts himself

will be humbled,

and he who humbles himself

will be exalted.”

Some women were also bringing babies

to Jesus to have him touch them.

When the disciples saw this,

they rebuked them.

But Jesus called the children

to him and said,

“Let the little children come to me,

and do not hinder them,

for the kingdom of God

belongs to such as these.

I tell you the truth,

anyone who will not receive

the kingdom of God

like a little child

will never enter it.”

        • (Lk. 18, 9-17)








Tuesday 10th and 14th Saturday November 2009

A certain ruler asked him,

“Good teacher,

what must I do

to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?”

Jesus answered.

“No-one is good

except God alone.

You know the commandments:

‘Do not commit adultery,

do not murder,

do not steal,

do not give false testimony,

honour your father

and mother.’”

“All these I have kept

since I was a boy,” he said.

When Jesus heard this,

he said to him,

“You still lack one thing.

Sell everything you have

and give to the poor,

and you will have treasure in heaven.

Then come, follow me.”

When he heard this,

he became very sad,

because he was

a man of great wealth.

Jesus looked at him and said,

“How hard it is for the rich

to enter the kingdom of God!

Indeed, it is easier

for a camel to go through

the eye of a needle

than for a rich man

to enter the kingdom of God.”

Those who heard this asked,

“Who then can be saved?”

Jesus replied,

“What is impossible with men

is possible with God.”

(Lk. 18, 18-27)

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