November 27

Friday November 27 – Matthew 24:37-44
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
Matthew 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Reflection
Have you ever thought that you are not awake? Trapped in the mundane of getting your kids ready for school. Going to work. Coming home cooking dinner. Bathing your children. Going to bed and getting up in the morning and doing the whole cycle again and again.

child-in-rain-3For the Jews, ever seventh day is to be spent stopping from this routine of business as unusual. Time spent standing still. Doing nothing except being. For the Franciscan Richard Rohr “if one seventh of our time is not simply being, the doing becomes meaningless”. We must take the time in our lives to stop. To listen to the creation speak to us through walking through the forest. To stop by sitting in the presence of God. To stop using our electronic devices. To stop working. To stop hectic routine.

We are not awake because we are trapped in our minds and routines of business as usual. We must take the radical step of letting something beyond us enter our lives. When we ritualise the stoping through Sabbath, through meditation, through an encounter with creation, the rest of our day comes to life with the colour of God.

Pause for 1 minute to reflect on the Gospel….

Intentions
We bring these intentions to God.
1. We pray that we might take the radical step of stepping out of business as usual. May we live the Sabbath and the stopping more fully in our lives. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

2. We pray for other people in our lives to encourage us to live our faith. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

3. We thank for the Christmas season for the opportunity of sharing God’s love. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

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

Celtic Prayer

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.