TUESDAY AFTER TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
2 October 07
A PRAYER BEFORE BIBLE READING (after St. Jerome; 420)
O Lord, you have given us your word for a light to shine upon our path. Grant us so to meditate on that word, and to follow its teaching, that we may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Psalm 119:5-8; Nehemiah 8:8; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READINGS
Today's readings have a focus that is good for us to individually take a serious look at on a frequent basis. Most, if not all, of us have had a life that was previous to a committed relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God, the contents of those lives are mostly known between ourselves and God. At some point, we came to faith in Jesus and desired to profoundly commit ourselves to God's will for us. That likely prompted a decision for the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. We were born again! Our old life is just that; the old life...that is now dead. We have become new creations in Jesus Christ!
So, doesn that mean that all is well? Not necessarily. As St. Paul makes clear in several places, following Jesus along the path of discipleship is a daily decision, and often times a decision that is made in the various moments and opportunities of the day. The old temptations may still remain. The struggle may remain. Yet, we know the Holy Spirit will abide with us...and if we are obedient...will provide strength to make the right choices. As the Psalmist says, "Oh, that my ways were steadfast in following your decrees." I'm sure most of us that uttered that prayer to God in the silence of our hearts. In fact, we've probably uttered those words many times. And, we will likely utter them again. Yet, St. Paul provides the encouragement and hope today. "...you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." Amen, and Praise the Lord!!!
Be encouraged today!
THOUGHT TO PONDER
"By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
***Charles Spurgeon, 1834-1892***
CELTIC CHRISTIAN WISDOM
The one with the gift of making things clear brings understanding, and imparts life.
The rules are there for your protection and you know they make sense. People break God's rules, and are damaged in consequence. How we need to explain, to help otherrs understand! People need the Lord. We can encourage them to find God and His ways in their life. What He has done for us He can do for them, too.
We can be part of the process, fully given to the purpose of the Lord Christ.
An old Celtic song expresses it this way:
"As you reach out to bless manking, I feel Your embrace drawing me close. I rise with you, dear Jesus, and You rise with me."
***Celtic Daily Prayer, Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community, HarperCollins Publishers, 2002***
Lord,let Thy wisdom melt into my heart...And give me
courage to be always true...Teach me to be sincere in what I
do...And keep the honor of my daily art...Show me the way
to make another start... Where life is young and melodies are
new... Where goodness grows and jealousies are few... And
perseverance plays a noble part... For that is all that I would have
today...To take the proper path and and persevere... And be un-
noticed all along the way... Until the end of everything is near
...And then, before I go, to hear them say... His life was like a
prayer from year to year.
***James J. Metcalfe***
President George W. Bush (USA); Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Canada); Prime Minister Brown (United Kingdom); Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (United Kingdom & Canada); all leaders of the nations around the world; for peace among the nations; for the protection of all military men and women in the current conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq; that the hearts of those who would inflict terror might be softened and that their own injuries would be healed; that the conflict over nuclear arms in North Korea and Iran would be peacefully resolved; that the sectarian violence in Iraq would be healed; that the violence and terrorism in Darfur would come to an end and the restoration of relationships and healing would flourish; that peace might be sought between warring factions in Somalia; that the many people along the Gulf Coast of the United States who are still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina would find resolution to their many needs;
We pray for the nation of Japan, their leaders and their people. May they know peace in these troubled times.
For Prophet-President Steven Veazey, for the whole First Presidency, for the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, for the Seventy, for the Presiding Bishopric, for the Peace and Justice Ministries, and for all other ministries and priesthood ministers within the Church, that God would continue to guide this Church in boldly proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ; for all Mission Centres throughout the world, that God would continue to bless the ministries therein;
For Apostle Dale Luffman, Apostle to our Apostolic Field; President John VanDerWalker, President of the Inland West Mission Centre; For Elder Bob Cadman, and the members of the Ogden Congregation; for High Priest Russell Shipley, and the members of the Salt Lake City Congregation; for Elder Roger Hope and members of the Orem Congregation; Pastor Jeff Campbell, and the members of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Dayton, OH; for Fr. Christopher Seddon, and the members of St. John’s Anglican Church, Park City, UT;
Lisa/Lisa, Chris' family, Deidre, Trevor and girls with personal prayer requests; Linda Campbell, traveling mercies; Chris Vallette, for job; Steve Lindren, as he continues to recouperate, and also dealing with some depression; Duane, new prosthetic leg; Lynnette, for a hedge of protection against Satan following her baptism; Laurie, continued care during chemo; Carol Frisbee, diagnosed with breast cancer; Sharon McGee, as she continues to adjust to changes in her life; Lisa Bingham’s sister, Michelle, who has advanced Melanoma; Barbara, for continued job search; Jace, for continued healing and healthy decisions; for Community of Christ members in Nepal, as they struggle to proclaim Jesus Christ under difficult circumstances; Amanda, for continued healing; Ed Hansen, emphysema, and his wife Jean; Andreason family, finding a new home; for those who struggle with addictions; for those who suffer with Cancer; for those who suffer with HIV/AIDS; all who are physically or mentally infirm; for all paramedics, nurses, and doctors who provide life saving treatment and ministry to those they serve; for all medical professionals who work and minister in hospice organisations;
In thanksgiving for: Ryder Jason Muchmore, for better health; Dave LeRoy, Rob Cadman, for promotion in job; Chris, job, after move to PA; Todd and April, working together for Todd's health;
The homeless; the hungry; the imprisoned; the orphaned; widows and widowers; for all families, especially those families wherein relationships are stressed, and for families under spiritual attack by the forces of evil; that the peace of Christ might reign in all our hearts, and that this peace spread into the lives of our families, neighbours, communities, countries, and throughout the world; for the protection of the unborn; the oppressed and the oppressor; for those who hate us;for those who do not know Jesus Christ;
THE COLLECT FOR THE TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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