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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (PROVERBS 21:1-6, 10-13)

(Week 25 of the year: Tuesday)

VARIOUS PROVERBS.

As the divisions of waters, so the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord: whithersoever he will he shall turn it.

Ever way of a man seemeth right to himself: but the Lord weigheth the hearts.

To do mercy and judgment, pleaseth the Lord more than victims.

Haughtiness of the eyes is the enlarging of the heart: the lamp of the wicked is sin.

The thoughts of the industrious always bring forth abundance: but every sluggard is always in want.

He that gathereth treasures by a lying tongue, is vain and foolish, and shall stumble upon the snares of death.

The soul of the wicked desireth evil, he will not have pity on his neighbour.

When a pestilent man is punished, the little one will be wiser: and if he follow the wise, he will receive knowledge.

The just considereth seriously the house of the wicked, that he may withdraw the wicked from evil.

He that stoppeth his ear against the cry of the poor, shall also cry himself and shall not be heard.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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20th FEBRUARY, BIBLE READING (JAMES 2:1-9)

DID NOT GOD CHOOSE THOSE WHO ARE POOR? BUT YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYBODY WHO IS POOR.

My brothers, do not try to combine faith in Jesus Christ, our glorified Lord, with the making of distinctions between classes of people. Now suppose a man comes into your synagogue, beautifully dressed and with a gold ring on, and at the same time a poor man comes in, in shabby clothes, and you take notice of the well-dressed man, and say, “Come this way to the best seats”; then you tell the poor man, “Stand over there” or “You can sit on the floor by my foot-rest.” Can’t you see that you have used two different standards in your mind, and turned yourselves into judges, and corrupt judges at that?

Listen, my dear brothers: it was those who are poor according to the world that God chose, to be rich in faith and to be the heirs to the kingdom which he promised to those who love him. In spite of this, you have no respect for anybody who is poor. Isn’t it always the rich who are against you? Isn’t it always their doing when you are dragged before the court? Aren’t they the ones who insult the honourable name to which you have been dedicated? Well, the right thing to do is to keep the supreme law of scripture: you must love your neighbour as yourself; but as soon as you make distinctions between classed of people, you are committing sin, and under condemnation for breaking the Law.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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PETITIONS FOR TODAY

Bring peace to our world. Where oppression and conflict thrive may harbingers of goodwill arise to bring to birth solutions built on justice so that people may live at peace one with another.

Bless our Pope. Guide him and protect him from harm. Help him to lead the universal Church.

Bring the comfort and the warmth of human friendship to those who live alone.

Look with compassion on the struggles of the poor; the perils of nations; the ordeal of captives and refugees; the anguish of the incurably sick and the failing strength of the elderly.

Help us to realise that we are but stewards of all that we possess and to use our gifts wisely and generously.

Send fair weather and rain in due season so that we may enjoy the fruits of the earth.

Touch the distressed in mind and body.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (2 CORINTHIANS 6:1-10)

LET US PROVE WE ARE SERVANTS OF GOD.

As God’s fellow workers, we beg you once again not to neglect the grace of God that you have received. For he says: At the favourable time, I have listened to you; on the day of salvation I came to your help. Well, now is the favourable time; this is the day of salvation. We do nothing that people might object to, so as not to bring discredit on our function as God’s servants. Instead, we prove we are servants of God by great fortitude in times of suffering: in times of hardship and distress; when we are flogged, or sent to prison, or mobbed; labouring, sleepless, starving.

We prove we are God’s servants by our purity, knowledge, patience and kindness; by a spirit of holiness, by a love free from affectation; by the word of truth and by the power of God; by being armed with the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left, prepared for honour or disgrace, for blame or praise; taken for impostors while we are genuine; obscure yet famous, said to be dying and here are we alive; rumoured to be executed before we are sentenced; though most miserable and yet we are always rejoicing; taken for paupers though we make others rich, for people having nothing though we have everything.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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“MAY OUR CITIES BE FILLED WITH LOVE”

PRAYER FOR CITIES

Cities are for needs and wants, divine Father, that cannot be met in isolation. Have we expected from them too much and put in too little? Spur us to renew our cities as You renew the earth in spring, that families my have decent living space, that the poor may have hope fulfilled, that the sick and aged may be treated as persons. May our cities be filled with love, truly homes and not merely structures. Amen.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 16:19-31)

GOOD THINGS CAME YOUR WAY, JUST AS BAD THINGS CAME THE WAY OF LAZARUS. NOW HE IS BEING COMFORTED HERE WHILE YOU ARE IN AGONY.

Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even came and licked his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

“In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his bosom. So he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.’ ‘My son,’ Abraham replied, ‘remember that during your life good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all: between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to stop anyone, if he wanted to, crossing from our side to yours, and to stop any crossing from your side to ours.’

“The rich man replied, ‘Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too.’ ‘They have Moses and the prophets,’ said Abraham, ‘let them listen to them.’ ‘Ah no, father Abraham,’ said the rich man, ‘but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said to him, ‘If they will not listen either to Moses or the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.'”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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PRAYER FOR ALL CHURCH LEADERS

Lord Jesus Christ, watch over those who are leaders in Your Church. Keep them faithful to their vocation and to the proclamation of Your message.

Strengthen them with the gifts of the Spirit and help them to serve Your people, especially the poor and lowly. Give them a vivid sense of Your presence in the world and a knowledge of how to show it to others. Amen.

 
 

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