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Tuesday prayers - 2008


Tuesday prayer, 24th november 8th december 2009

Tuesday 8th December 2009

One day as he was teaching the people

in the temple courts

and preaching the gospel,

the chief priests and the teachers of the law,

together with the elders, came up to him.

He went on to tell the people this parable:

“A man planted a vineyard,

rented it to some farmers

and went away for a long time.

At harvest time he sent a servant

to the tenants so they would give him

some of the fruit of the vineyard.

But the tenants beat him

and sent him away empty-handed.

He sent another servant,

but that one also they beat

and treated shamefully

and sent away empty-handed.

He sent still a third,

and they wounded him

and threw him out.

“Then the owner of the vineyard said,

‘What shall I do?

I will send my son, whom I love;

perhaps they will respect him.’

“But when the tenants saw him,

they talked the matter over.

‘This is the heir,’ they said.

‘Let’s kill him,

and the inheritance will be ours.’

So they threw him out of the vineyard

and killed him.

“What then will the owner

of the vineyard do to them?

He will come and kill those tenants

and give the vineyard to others.”

When the people heard this,

they said, “May this never be!”

Jesus looked directly at them and asked,

“Then what is the meaning

of that which is written:

“The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone’?

Everyone who falls on that stone

will be broken to pieces,

but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”

The teachers of the law

and the chief priests looked for a way

to arrest him immediately,

because they knew he had spoken

this parable against them.

But they were afraid of the people.

        • (Lk. 20).

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Father, as you send the rain to revive the soil,

send your Holy Spirit to revive our dry hearts.

Send your Spirit of the gospel,

that we may invite 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 tenderness,

that we may witness your love to our beneficiaries.

Send your Spirit of humility,

that we may choose the last place.

Send your Spirit of forgiveness,

that we may never judge anyone.

Send your Spirit of discipline,

that we may remain faithful to our prayer.

Send your Spirit of patience,

that we may carry happily one another’s burden.

Send your Spirit of mercy,

that we may welcome our weaknesses.

Send your Spirit of compassion,

that we may be friends to those who have no friends.

Send your Spirit of littleness,

that we may heal our inclination to dominate.

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 forever.

Tuesday 24th and Saturday 28th November 2009

Jesus said:

“A man of noble birth went to a distant country

to have himself appointed king and then to return.

So he called ten of his servants

and gave them ten minas.

‘Put this money to work,’ he said,

‘until I come back.’

“He was made king, however,

and returned home.

Then he sent for the servants

to whom he had given the money,

in order to find out

what they had gained with it.

“The first one came and said,

‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’

“ ‘Well done, my good servant!’

his master replied.

‘Because you have been trustworthy

in a very small matter,

take charge of ten cities.’

“The second came and said,

‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’

“His master answered,

You take charge of five cities.’

“Then another servant came and said,

‘Sir, here is your mina;

I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 

I was afraid of you,

because you are a hard man.

You take out what you did not put in

and reap what you did not sow.’

“His master replied,

‘I will judge you by your own words,

you wicked servant!

You knew, did you, that I am a hard man,

taking out what I did not put in,

and reaping what I did not sow?

Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit,

so that when I came back,

I could have collected it with interest?’

“Then he said to those standing by,

‘Take his mina away from him

and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

“ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

“He replied,

‘I tell you that to everyone who has,

more will be given’.

(Lk. 19, 11-27)

Tuesday 1st and 5th Saturday December 2009

As he looked up,

Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts

into the temple treasury.

He also saw a poor widow

put in two very small copper coins.

“I tell you the truth,” he said,

“this poor widow has put in

more than all the others.

All these people gave their gifts

out of their wealth;

but she out of her poverty

put in all she had to live on.”

For this is the time of punishment

in fulfilment of all that has been written.

They will fall by the sword

and will be taken

as prisoners to all the nations.

Jerusalem will be trampled

on by the Gentiles until

the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

“There will be signs in the sun,

moon and stars.

On the earth,

nations will be in anguish

and perplexity at the roaring

and tossing of the sea.

Men will faint from terror,

apprehensive of what

is coming on the world,

for the heavenly bodies

will be shaken.

At that time

they will see the Son of Man

coming in a cloud

with power and great glory.

When these things begin to take place,

stand up and lift up your heads,

because your redemption

is drawing near.”

He told them this parable:

“Look at the fig-tree

and all the trees.

When they sprout leaves,

you can see for yourselves

and know that summer is near.

(Lk. 21)

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