For those in need Watch dear Lord, with those who wake or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord, and rest the weary. Soothe the suffering and pity the afflicted: and all because you love us, Lord. Amen.
Show me, O Lord, your mercy, and delight of my heart with it. Let me find you whom so lovingly I seek. See, here is the person whom the robbers seized and manhandled, and left half-dead on the road to Jericho. You can do what the kindly Samaritan could not do. Come to my aid! I am the sheep who wandered off into the wilderness. Look for me and bring me back home to your fold. Do with me whatever you will, that I may be with you all the days of my life, and praise you, in the company of all your friends for ever. Amen (St Jerome)
Humility and Hospitality Luke 14:7-14 “Jesus noticed how some of the guests were choosing the best places, so he told this parable to all of them. “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place. It could happen that someone more important they you has been invited and your host who invited both of you, would have to come and say to you, ‘Let her have this place.’ Then you would be embarrassed and have to sit in the lowest place. Instead when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that your host will come and say, ’Come on up my friend to a better place.’” This will bring you honour in the presence of the other guests. For those who make themselves great will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be made great. Dear God, Help me to remember I need the two ‘H’s, humility and hospitality. Whenever I think I can handle life all by myself, remind me that I always need you. Remind me to look for opportunities to make others feel welcome. Through humility and hospitality, draw me closer to you each day. Amen
It’s too Late. Luke 16:19-31 We almost feel sorry for the rich man in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Almost. Then you think of poor Lazarus, covered with sores, hoping for just a crumb of food. All he got was the dogs who came to lick his sores. The following is a prayer which might help us see the ‘Lazaruses’ in our lives.
Dear God, it is so easy to ignore people we would rather not deal with. Give me the grace to notice the forgotten and the ignored, especially the elderly and the homeless. If I can do anything to brighten their day, let me have the courage to do it. Help me to see the unseen. Amen
As you read psalms 145-150, notice that the writers were very joyful. Praising God in as many ways as possible, they announce the greatness of God. Music, the stars, princes, kings, all creatures, angels, and all of God’s people are invited to praise. Yeah God! – a modern approach Praise God with instant messages and e-mails! Praise God with newsflashes and radio announcements! Praise God with skywriting and billboards! Praise God with rockets and satellites! Praise God with electric guitars and synthesizers! Psalm 145