November 29

Tuesday November 29
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 10:21-24

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

Reflection
We like to think we have all the answers. In this Gospel Jesus clearly states “no one knows” (verse 22). In the next story in Luke’s Gospel, of the Good Samaritan, we see the most unlikely person, the Samaritan become the hero. In first century Judaism, Samaritans were not seen as heroes. Yet Jesus’ places the Samaritan in the centre of the stage. This is not about who is in and who is out. Rather, it is about an approach to God. We need to become like a child (verse 21). Open. Salvation comes by not what we can do or think, but rather, what God does. How can God act through us? When God acts, this leaves us in awe of God. We want to thank God. What new things is God doing in us today?

smelling-the-rosesIn our noisy lives we can often miss God speaking to us. At the end of this Gospel  Chapter 10 we have the story of Martha and Mary. Martha who is running around the house doing everything. Cleaning. Cooking. Preparing. Then we have Mary. Who stops and listens at the feet of Jesus. We also must stop too. Let all our distractions and demands go. Otherwise we will miss what God who is trying to tell us.  Do we stop and smell the roses?

Pause for 1 minute to reflect on the Gospel….

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

2. We pray that we might listen to God speaking to us. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

3. We thank for inviting us to the surprises of our life. Lord hear us.
Response – “Lord hear our prayer”

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

Our Father