November 21

⇒Prayer

Monday November 21 – Luke 21:1-4
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 21:1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

Reflection

God asks us to make a stand against greed, pride and power – the spirit of the world which is opposed to the spirit of Mary. This attitude is one of the essential elements of the Mary’s way to Jesus. The desire for money, power and personal aggrandisement can subtly enter into people’s lives, and cripple them spiritually. The consequences of these tendencies are that they limit the effectiveness of one who wishes to present the Gospel of Jesus. We are invited to follow in the footsteps of Mary by keeping their eyes fixed on God alone and on the kingdom. Taking a personal stand against the crippling forces of greed, pride and power we develop the inner freedom to be faithful disciples of Jesus in the manner of Mary, and build a Christian community which has Mary’s face.

Pause for 1 minute to reflect on the Gospel….

Intentions
We bring these intentions to God.
1. We pray we might recognise the parts of us, which are pride filled and greedy. God help us to change ourselves in order to change our world. Lord hear us.

Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

2. We pray that God’s teaches us to be humble. To accept life and be content with what we have. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

3. We thank God for our poverty. May we recognise this as an opportunity and not a problem. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

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

Prayer – The Empty Water Jar
water-jarJesus, I come into the warmth of your presence
knowing that you are
the very emptiness of God.
I come before you
holding the water jar of my life.
Your eyes meet mine
and I’d know what I’d rather not know.

I came to be filled
but I am already full.
I am too full.
This is my sickness
I am full of things
that crowd out
your healing presence.
A holy knowing steals inside my heart
and I see the painful truth.
I don’t need more.
I need less.
I am too full.
I am full of things which block out
your golden grace.
I am smothered by gods of my own creation.
I am lost in the forest of my false self.
I am full of my own opinions and narrow
attitudes
full of fear, resentments, control,
full of self-pity, and arrogance.
Slowly this terrible truth
pierces my heart.
I am so full there is no room for you.

Contemplatively, and with compassion
you ask me to reach into my water jar.
One by one, Jesus,
and you ask me to pour it over you.

Our Father