Prayer Group Overview
Our prayer theme today: Protection for Church, Faith, Priests, Families, Nation, and Submission to the Divine Will.
All the readings, chosen at random after a prayer to the Holy Spirit,are listed below. We will post each message in a separate post each day. An overview of the readings is presented below:
The Readings today:
1. “Hunger of the spirit leaves the soul empty, miserable and lost (16th October 2014)
2. “On that day, I will gather the Living” (19th November 2013)
3. Bible:(RSV) 2 Chronicles 5: 2-7
Overview of the readings:
In the first reading (see below), Jesus tells us of souls looking for fulfilment. He explains that there is only temporary relief in worldly pursuits. He tells us that His peace is not of this world – to be fulfilled, we only need His Love. Jesus describes the souls who deny that He exists, but who, at the same time, hate Him, or curse Him. He tells us that this hate is not logical because you can’t hate something that doesn’t exist. He tells us how the evil one uses people who deny Him to fuel hatred against those who love Him. He tells us that Love is from God, and that hatred is from satan.
Whilst in the previous reading, Jesus talks of the presence and absence of Faith in our souls, in the next reading, we feel Jesus’ anguished cry “Why oh why can they not accept me?” He tells us that He is treated like an embarrassing relative, who is kept out of site. But these people will call out to Him whenever they are in trouble. He tells us of what is to come. His suffering today is that of His Passion. He asks why His priests have not brought to Him the souls who do not know Him. Jesus tells us that even the holy ones will soon desert Him, when the heresies are promoted. He describes how people will not genuflect or bow before Him, or pray to Him on the Cross (because His image will not be on it). He will be scourged and made to look ridiculous. Indeed, this is already happening. Jesus is getting us ready for the onslaught.
The final reading today was from the Bible. This seems to be more positive. It speaks of Solomon and the tribes of Israel (the remnant?) bringing the Ark of the Covenant, together with all the holy vessels. The Ark was in the most holy place, with priests offering sacrifice (of sheep). It tells us that the poles, which were very tall, could be seen from the holy place, but not from the outside.
(Could this be a follow -on message from the previous reading? Perhaps it speaks of the refuges where Jesus will still be present, with sacred vessels and true sacrifices. These could not be seen from the outside.) As the cherubim covered the Ark (in the O.T. reading), so will the angels protect Jesus’ presence in these holy refuges.
The reading also mentions “the seventh month”. This is a holy number- 7 sacraments, 7 gifts of holy Ghost, etc. We are not sure what this means. Our 7th month is not the same as that of the Jews – but, what we are sure of, is that these events are close.
Next post: Thought for the day: the first reading listed above.