November 17

⇒Prayer

Thursday November 17 – Luke 19:41-44
Opening
Let us place ourselves in the presence of God.
Close your eyes.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Gospel
Luke 19:41-44

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem,
he saw the city and wept over it, saying,
“If this day you only knew what makes for peace–
but now it is hidden from your eyes.
For the days are coming upon you
when your enemies will raise a palisade against you;
they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
and they will not leave one stone upon another within you
because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

Reflection
Jesus is a prophet. Not many churches are named after “Jesus the prophet”. Prophets are people who often were killed for their outspoken and outlandish ways in Biblical times. Jesus too eventually is a prophet who will be killed. Jesus calls us to pick up his cross and walk like him (Matthew 16:24-26). Are we willing to take the hard road of a prophet?

death-trailInterestingly, Jesus does not attack the Romans who eventually kill him. The one’s for whom Jesus and the early Christians would be soon be persecuted. Rather Jesus’ vision is much wider. On the road to the kingdom of God, we too will have many mountains to overcome. In verse 44 of Luke the challenge ultimately is inside of us. An internal struggle of with ourselves. To overcome our false self. Our ego. Our false ways of seeing things. Thus the good news looks like bad news. But that is the paradox. When we embrace the bad news, the goodness which we don’t see becomes clearer. The fear of what God calls us to emerges. We must hold the opposites in order for the Kingdom to be realised. But, we can’t do this alone. We need God’s help. We need God’s vision. We become the messengers of God. Not our own messenger. But something much wider and something much more radical.

Pause for 1 minute to reflect on the Gospel….

Intentions
We bring these intentions to God.
1. We pray we will have the courage to pick up our crosses and follow Jesus. Lord here us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

2. We pray when people attack us we do not attack back, but rather pray for our enemies. Lord here us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

3. We thank God for the challenges he puts before us. May we be strengthened by these challenges and find commitment to God’s call. Lord here us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

Leader – Are there any other intentions?
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

Prayer by Leunig
Dear God,
We pray for another way of being:
another way of knowing.
Across the difficult terrain of our existence
we have attempted to build a highway
and in so doing have lost our footpath.
God lead us to our footpath:
Lead us there where in simplicity
we made move at the speed of natural creatures
and feel the earth’s love beneath our feet.
Lead us there where step-by-step we may feel
the movement of creation in our hearts.
And lead us there where side-by-side
we may feel the embrace of the common soul.
Nothing can be loved at speed.
God lead us to the slow path; to the joyous insights
of the pilgrim; another way of knowing: another way of being.
Amen.

Our Father