FRIDAY

BEFORE BEGINNING TAKE A MOMENT TO QUIET YOURSELF as you invite god to feed your soul.

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.


REFLECTION:

The world as God wants it

Jesus said very clearly that loving God with all our being, and loving one’s neighbour as ourselves is the most important commandment of all. He has also forewarned us that He will judge us on how we treat our neighbour in need. This righteousness [in Matt. 5:6] is possible only if we also respect the creation God has entrusted to us, and not use it for our selfish purposes.

This beatitude challenges us to ask ourselves whether we really hunger and thirst for this righteousness, whether we really crave a world closer to what God wants of it. To what extent do I passionately care that the world looks so distant from what God wishes it to be? Not only the big world, but also the world of my life, my own family, my workplace, my parish, my country.

We will be satisfied

When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will be satisfied. We discover that we are not alone in this quest for a better world, we feel part of that innumerable multitude of (mostly silent) men and women who are doing their best to build a better world.

("Cracking the Beatitudes" by Paul Pace SJ)


ACTIVITY:

“Prayers of the People” are a part of liturgical traditions where the congregation prays for “the Universal Church, its members, and its mission; the Nation and all in authority; the welfare of the world; the concerns of the local community; those who suffer and those in any trouble; and the departed” (Book of Common Prayer). Take this time, in quiet and stillness, to pray these prayers. Feel free to pause on or go back to any particular prayers here that are close to your heart today, and expand upon them as you feel led. 

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Silence

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


PRAYER:

Dear Jesus, we are hungry, and we live in a world that is hungry and in need. May we not grow weary in seeking justice and righteousness, and may we hold on to the promise that we will be satisfied in you. Help us to point others to you as the only one who can truly fill us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. In your name, Amen.


see you tonight at 7:30 for our night of prayer and worship.