Lord, as we begin these moments of prayer and meditation in the light of your Word,
We ask the Lord the help of the Holy Spirit.
May His Holy Fire engulf us in His love.
May His Holy Word instruct us and inform us.
O God, may you open our minds, our understanding and above all, our will to your call.
May your Word fill our daily living with LIFE.
May our hearts be afire with the desire to love you and serve you.
May we seek above all to imitate the life of prayer and sacrifice of Jesus, your Son.
Help us to seek you in every moment and be willing to give up all worldly allures to serve you.
Give us a heart open to praise you, open to hear you and open to follow you.
Help us have a submissive heart like Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart to abandon ourselves more fully to you, Lord.
Our Father, Hail Mary,
Glory be.Glory be.
July 13, 2015, Monday St. Henry
Read: Ex. 1:8-14, 22 Mt. 10: 34-11:1
“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (Mt. 10:40)
Jesus chose to be represented on this earth via two classes of people: The poor and needy, and the sent — his apostles.
To the poor and needy He said: “I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me…. what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.” (Mt. 25:40-45)
So severe was His warning that our very salvation depends upon it: “These will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Mt. 25:46)
Jesus wanted to be represented through those He sent to invite others to be part of the Kingdom, to teach, to seek conversion of souls and offer forgiveness of sin: “The Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit… Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, ‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you….’ Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Lk. 10:1-16)
God does not desire to condemn man, rather to save him. We heed the warning and grow with Him, or choose our own way, with all that the choice implies.
We bring about condemnation in rejecting Jesus, His Father and God’s loving divine will.
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 41:2 “Happy those concerned for the lowly and poor; when misfortune strikes, the LORD delivers them.”
PRAYERS OF PETITION
From the 1st to the 7th of July
Together, we offer our prayers to our Heavenly Father. We offer them in the unity and power motivated by the Holy Spirit. We now present our needs: Lord, hear us.
- Lord, we know that you have the words of eternal life. Help us to love those words and to put them into practice in our daily lives. Lord, hear us.
- To know you, Lord, is to know the Father, and that is enough for us. Guide us to know your divine assistance, to come to know you and look only to you, our true life. Lord, hear us.
- For our troops in harm’s way, that they may know you guiding and saving hand at all times. May their decisions be made with prudence and great faith. May they always practice restraint whenever possible. Lord, hear us.
- Belief, in today’s day and age, is difficult and takes courage. Belief, that is, that runs contrary to the “flow” of what everybody else is doing or thinking. Help us to be courageous, Lord, and to put our time, energy and resources at your disposal. Lord, hear us.
- You are the light of the world, and you promise to illumine the pathway for all believers. Light our path through the glory of your resurrection. Lord, hear us.
- You have always used messengers to proclaim your Holy Presence, in former times the prophets and angels did your Holy bidding. Today, in the Church, you call upon us to be your ambassadors. Give us courage, Lord. Lord, hear us.
- You are the way, the truth and the life, and no one can go to the Father except through you. Help us to understand the meaning of these words, and live them. Lord, hear us.
(Add your own petitions)
OUR PRAYER: God our Father, thank you for the gift of life, our first life from our parents and the new life you give us through the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our LORD. AMEN.