November 25

⇒Prayer

Friday November 25 – Luke 21:29-33
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 21:29-33

Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”

Reflection
One of the central teachings of Jesus’ ministry is the Kingdom of God. Ask many Christians, “what is the Kingdom of God?” and they will struggle to define what the Kingdom of God is.

Today we could say that being or not being in the Kingdom of God is like going to the beach.

Over two days you decide to go to the beach. On the first day you lie on your towel on the sand. You begin to notice other people on the beach. Some who seem very attractive. You begin comparing your self to these people. Thinking “maybe I become fit like them”, “maybe I could look like them”, or “maybe I could date one of them”. Your whole attention is drawn to the other people on the beach. You do not notice it, but your own self concept and self image is affected by your attention. You are aroused, but you start to feel down. Your thinking and feelings are drawn by your comparison. You miss the beauty already inside of you and on the beach that surrounds you. The waves. The sky. The sand. You.

beach-boarderOn a second day you go to the beach again , but this time with your family. This time you do not focus on the other people on the beach. Instead you take your niece down to the water for a swim. She has a boogy boarder and loves to ride the waves to the shoreline. You wait for a good wave; and push her in. After an hour, she asks you to come to the sand to build sand castles with her. You come out of the water, and with your much larger hands, you help her build a massive sand castle. She is very happy to be with you. Whilst eating hot chips on your beach towel with your niece, you notice the beauty of the waves. The air and the enjoyable day you have had with your family.

From the outside both days look very similar to an outsider. But it is only until we get closer that we notice something very different. We have the same person on the beach doing beachy things on both days. But on the second day things come to life. We no longer focus on our self or care about what others look like. On the second day we focus on what is around us. We enter the living moment, both with our family, but also realise the natural beauty of the beach. The key to the second day is the inner dimension. The choices we have made. Not to be lost in our own selfish ways, but to be in-tune with the opportunity. With the inner dimension, there is a massive difference, which transforms the whole experience. From the outside it looks the same, but from the inside we are a different person.

The inner dimension for the Kingdom of God is also very important. It begins with where we place our hearts. When we transform our inner world, or the way we see things, something happens to the outer world. When we discover God in the inner. We begin to seek God. We become still. When we set a daily routine, which includes God, all of a sudden, our actions take on a different focus. There is a deep mystery, which emerges. We become grateful for everything. Because every moment is a God moment. Every moment is a sacred moment. The Kingdom of God begins in the inner dimension and extends beyond the horizons of our life.

Pause for 1 minute to reflect on the Gospel and reflection….

Intentions
We bring these intentions to God.
1. We pray that we might be awaken to the Kingdom of God in our lives. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

2. We pray that we might take a moment to be still, to pray, to meditate and seek God in everything. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

3. We thank God for creating us and inviting to discover the mystery which surrounds us. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

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

Prayer – Inside each of us – By Joyce Rupp
Inside each of us
There awaits a wonder
Full of freedom

She waits
to dance
in rooms
of our heart
that are closed
dark and cluttered

she waits to dance in spaces
where negative feelings
have built barricades
and stock-piled weapons
she waits to dance in the corners
where we still
do not believe in
our goodness

inside each of us
there awaits
a wonder
full
spirit of freedom

she will lift light feet
and make glad songs
within us
on the day we open the door of ego
and let the enemies stomp out.

Song – Marty Haugen – Canticle of the Sun
The heavens are telling the glory of God,
And all creation is shouting for joy!
Come, dance in the forest, come, play in the field,
And sing, sing to the glory of the Lord!

Verse One
Praise for the sun, the bringer of day, he carries the light of the Lord in his rays; the moon and the stars who light up the way unto your throne!

Verse Two
Praise for the wind that blows through the trees, the seas’ mighty storms, the gentlest breeze; they blow where they will, they blow where they please to please the Lord!

Verse Three
Praise for the rain that waters our fields, and blesses our crops so all the earth yields; from death unto life her mystery revealed springs forth in joy!

Verse Four
Praise for the fire who gives us his light, the warmth of the sun to brighten our night; he dances with joy, his spirit so bright, he sings of you!