November 19

⇒Prayer

Saturday November 19 – Luke 20:27-40
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 20:27-40

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,
“Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child,
his brother must take the wife
and raise up descendants for his brother.
Now there were seven brothers;
the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second and the third married her,
and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died.
Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?
For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them,
“The children of this age marry and remarry;
but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age
and to the resurrection of the dead
neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die,
for they are like angels;
and they are the children of God
because they are the ones who will rise.
That the dead will rise
even Moses made known in the passage about the bush,
when he called ‘Lord’
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
and he is not God of the dead, but of the living,
for to him all are alive.”
Some of the scribes said in reply,
“Teacher, you have answered well.”
And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

Reflection
great-wallAs a married man it is sad to hear from Jesus own mouth that marriage is not an avenue for salvation (from verse 35). Jesus is not talking about the nature of marriage, but rather getting the Sadducees to look beyond the surface of things. For the Sadducees there is no resurrection. So they present to him a series of questions and scenarios using marriage to prove their position about the resurrection. They think in very black and white terms. Yet Jesus uses marriage as a symbol for the things we hold onto in this life (verse 35). When we die we will loose these things. Our marriages. Our children. Our money. Our houses. The resurrection comes into our life when we let go of the things we hold most important and let the Spirit blow where it wills (John 3:8). God will breathe into us ultimately when we die. Why would we wait until we die for this to happen? Why would we prevent the Spirit from coming into our life now?

What things are you holding onto? What do you find most important of your material possessions?

Pause for 1 minute to reflect on the Gospel….

Intentions
We bring these intentions to God.
1. We pray that we might be a people open to change and open to the invitation of stepping out of our comfort zone. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

2. We pray that we let go of the grudges, hurts and envy. May we be a people of forgiveness. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

3. We thank God for the patience he has for us. Some times we are slow to recognise the things that hold us back from the love of God. We thank God for his love for his love and mercy. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

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

Prayer – Lamentations 2:18 – 20
All – Cry aloud to the Lord!
O wall of daughter Zion!

Right side – Let tears stream down like a torrent
day and night!
Give yourself no rest,
your eyes no respite!

All – Cry aloud to the Lord!
O wall of daughter Zion!

Left side – Arise, cry out in the night,
at the beginning of the watches!
Pour out your heart like water
before the presence of the Lord!
Lift your hands to him
for the lives of your children,
who faint for hunger
at the head of every street.

All – Cry aloud to the Lord!
O wall of daughter Zion!

Right side – Look, O Lord, and consider!
To whom have you done this?
Should women eat their offspring,
the children they have borne?
Should priest and prophet be killed
in the sanctuary of the Lord?

All – Cry aloud to the Lord!
O wall of daughter Zion!

Left side – The young and the old are lying
on the ground in the streets;
my young women and my young men
have fallen by the sword;
on the day of your anger you have killed them,
slaughtering without mercy.

All – Cry aloud to the Lord!
O wall of daughter Zion!

Right side – You invited my enemies from all around
as if for a day of festival;
and on the day of the anger of the Lord
no one escaped or survived;
those whom I bore and reared
my enemy has destroyed.

All – Cry aloud to the Lord!
O wall of daughter Zion!

Our Father